Tech Tips for Ages 2-5

PreK AppsYou may have seen our posts highlighting apps for kids or seen our dragon computers featuring all sorts of educational games. But do you wonder whether your child is old enough to have screen time? Daniel Boone Regional Library recently created a “Tech Tips” wallet-sized card just for you. These tips reflect the most up-to-date guidance from early childhood professionals for ages 2-5. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for kids younger than 2.)

  1. Limit screen time to 15-20 minutes a day, and stick to it.
  2. Teach your child to ask you whether it’s OK to turn on a device.
  3. Be aware of what your child will be doing on the device.
  4. Select activities and apps that encourage creativity, collaboration and discovery.
  5. Encourage your child to record a story or song, take pictures or draw.
  6. Look for apps that support your child’s interests.
  7. While your child is using a device, be actively involved with him or her.
  8. With eBooks, explore the technology first, then your child can focus on the book.
  9. Don’t keep TVs, computers and electronic devices in your young child’s bedroom.
  10. Lead by example. Don’t spend big chunks of your time on your devices.

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Fall into Fun Programs

The kids are back to school, the temperatures will (hopefully!) cool down soon and the fall edition of “At Your Library” is now available. Here’s a look at just a few of the up and coming fall programs you can find at your local library in the next couple weeks.

Block Party

Wednesday, September 3 • 10-11 a.m. , 3:30-4:30 p.m. , 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Columbia

Playing with blocks develops a child’s math, language, social and science skills, as well as being lots of fun! Come to our block party to build, talk, explore and create together. Families, ages 2-6.

Otis program on September 4th!Otis the Tractor Party

Thursday, September 4, 2014 • 5:30-7 p.m. in Columbia

The calf is stuck in Mud Pond, and only you can help Otis the tractor rescue him! So starts another adventure involving Otis, the star of a beloved book series by Loren Long. Drop in anytime during this session to create your own farm animal puppet, join a tractor parade and try to escape the treacherous mud maze. Ages 3 and older. Continue reading

Visit our Crayon Kiosk for Appy Learning!

While we don’t recommend screen time for babies or real little ones, preschoolers ages 2 and older may benefit from playing educational apps with a parent. Each DBRL branch now has a crayon kiosk with at least one iPad attached to it (and four iPads attached at the Columbia branch). These iPads each have the same app – an educational preschool app that will be switched out periodically. Each app is chosen for early literacy learning.

Child using iPad at crayon kioskThe current app is “Moo, Baa, La La La!” by Sandra Boynton. This digital story is narrated, and children can touch the animals to see them move and make sounds. My favorite is the dancing pigs, but many in the department prefer the snorting rhinoceros! Since these apps are for preschoolers, we encourage parents to play the apps with the children.

We also occasionally run a feature on DBRL Kids called “Get Appy.” Some of these apps are appropriate for older kids, too.

Feel free to check out the crayon kiosk with your child and explore the digital world in a safe way!

Welcome to Story Time!

Kids enjoying story timeHave you attended a story time at Columbia Public Library? If not, prepare yourself for a fun time – songs, rhymes, stories, big books, flannel boards, puppets and more are featured as the library staff educates and entertains in each thirty-minute program. Below is valuable story time info for both our regulars and new story time visitors. We have story times for different age groups, and we try to keep our story times on a fairly regular schedule (only occasionally interrupting for a special program such as a visiting performer or annual Summer Reading-themed programs or wrap-up). Continue reading

Patterns

Sorted crayonsPatterns are all around us and help children learn about the world around them. Patterns can be found in letters and numbers, shapes and sizes, daily routines, music and much more. By helping children see and learn patterns, you can help them with literacy, math, science and other skills. Try these fun activities to emphasize pattern building.

Sort! Help your child sort items in the house. Have different shapes and sizes of blocks? Sort them! Try everyday items like coins, stamps and playing cards. Which items are the same? Which items are different? Get them interested in food and nutrition by sorting food into colors or classifying them as fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. Check out library books featuring different kinds of animals – which ones are mammals, and which ones are reptiles? Have a child who likes to help around the house? Sorting laundry is just the thing for learning patterns and categorization.

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