Did you know that octopuses, or octopi (as I like to call them), have beaks? They are also very good at hiding. Sea stars don’t have eyes; they have eye spots. Where did I find these fascinating facts? I learned this information and much more from two nonfiction books on our new books shelf at the library. The Life Under the Sea series has six titles written by Cari Meister:
The colorful pictures and the easy-to-read text make it a snap for younger kiddos to learn facts about life in the ocean. The books even include a picture glossary at the end to explain more about what was just read. A simple table of contents and an index at the end of each book introduce kiddos to using these important parts of nonfiction books. Sea life not your thing? Try the Animals on the Farm series and see what you and your kids can learn! (We have a soft spot for the baby goats - so cute!)
You have read “Goodnight Moon” 500 times, and you know it by heart. Your child loves the book so much that he can tell you the story without even knowing how to read. While this repetitiveness may seem like torture to you, it actually is a good thing. Narrative skill, or the ability to tell stories, is one of the tools your child needs to start reading.
Knowing that stories have a beginning, middle and end, and the ability to talk about activities in a sequence are important to developing narrative skills. Want to make a story more fun? Act it out! Acting out a story helps your child understand and remember the order of events in the story. One of the favorites in our household is “Mud Puddle” by Robert Munsch. I love to pretend to be the mud puddle and get my son “completely all over muddy.” Continue reading
At the Children’s Desk we get a lot of questions about homeschooling. Some parents are researching the pros and cons of homeschooling instead of sending their child to public school, while others have already made the decision and want to know how to begin. We also get a lot of requests for materials and ideas for curriculum support. For homeschooling information and resources, the library is a great place to start.
Our librarians have collected all of this information and much, much more in our homeschooling subject guide. If you are a homeschooling veteran and know of additional resources we should include, please let us know in the comments. Thanks!
Columbia iRead is a pilot literacy project for all 4-year-olds who will eventually enter Columbia Public Schools. This program gives eligible children access to MyOn Reader, an eBook database that adapts to student reading interest and reading level. Learn how to get started!
When you look at the cracks in the sidewalk and see Pete the Cat, you know he’s a fixture in your life. Do you see him? I did!
If you haven’t heard of Pete the Cat yet, it’s time to get on board. I bet your preschoolers are in the know. Their constant requests for “those funny cat books” are my big clue. Several of Eric Litwin’s books featuring this cool cat have been hanging out on the bestseller list for months and for good reasons. They:
- Feature catchy repetitive phrases.
- Zero in on kids’ interests. (Who doesn’t love new shoes?)
- Provide opportunities to show off new skills like color knowledge.
- Model a healthy attitude about dealing with change. When life throws Pete a curve ball, does he cry? Goodness no. He finds a way to appreciate what he has. Continue reading