May 2017
  Welcome to KDL's early literacy newsletter!

Click on the links below for fun early literacy activities 
that help kids get ready to read.
View and print our 2017 Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of  programs for families with children and storytimes.
Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Early Childhood Essentials Classes
Kent District Library provides free Early Childhood Essentials classes. These classes, sponsored by Great Start to Quality, can be used for professional development hours for childcare providers or helpful information and tips for interested parents and caregivers. May classes will include Literacy Learning. Pre-registration is required for classes. Please visit our events page for a full list of classes. Adults only, childcare is not provided.
Early Literacy Practice: Talking 
Read Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan with your child. After reading the book, discuss what you do during the day versus nighttime routines with your child. How is nighttime different than daytime? What do you see outside during the day? What do you see outside if it's dark out? Can you think of other animals that only come out during the nighttime? What would you want to show Little Owl if you were able to meet him? After discussing the book, divide a sheet of paper in half and make one half a daytime picture and the other half a nighttime scene.

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

A delightfully unique ABC book, If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk, shows us once again that the alphabet can be found anywhere, as long as we take the time to look. McGurik took more than 10 years to compile all of the pictures, which look like both letters and the things the letters are meant to represent. What she came up with is a beautiful book that is sure to make you and your child smile while learning the alphabet!
Have you ever made your own play dough? Living Well Mom  has a great recipe for homemade play dough that uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Playing with play dough is great for building the hand and finger muscles necessary to grip a pencil properly. Additionally, you can roll play dough into strips and form letters and numbers!
Early Literacy Practice: Reading 
    In Sloppy Wants a Hug by Sean Julian, find out why you should never hug a tree dragon -especially a sloppy one. Sloppy the tree dragon wants a hug, but Dewdrop the sprite isn't going to give him one for a very good reason.
Five little rabbits went hop, hop, hop.
Children called out, "Stop, stop, stop!"

The first rabbit said, "Run, run, run!"
The second rabbit laughed, "Fun, fun, fun!"

The third rabbit's foot went thump, thump, thump.
The fourth rabbit went jump, jump, jump.

The fifth rabbit came in creep, creep, creep.
The five rabbits yawned and went to sleep, sleep, sleep.
Early Literacy Practice: Playing  
Gather old socks from around the house to turn into snake puppets. Create the most simple puppet by using markers, or design more elaborate snakes by adding fabric, googly eyes, foam pieces and gems. Use the furniture in your house to create a puppet stage for making up stories, rhyming words and singing songs. Try acting out the book Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh by having your child become the snake from the story. How many other activities can you both come up with to do with the your snake puppets?

Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
Kids love reading books with a familiar feel to them, which is why Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz is such a great pick! You can read it or sing it, but chances are they will fall in love with the classic song and the excavator, dump truck and bulldozer!


Thinking of adding a sensory box to your list of fun things to do?  Try a song-inspired sensory bin like this Old MacDonald-inspired sensory box from Learning4Kids. Kids can practice fine motor skills by scooping, pouring and using tongs all while singing along to a familiar tune.