With rare exceptions like Kate Middleton or Grace Kelly, most little girls with royal professional aims will need a back-up to an “I’m gonna be a princess when I grow up!” career plan. But until that need arises, DBRL has beefed up its Disney Princess Collection by popular request for your little prince or princess to peruse.
While the celebrated Disney Princesses themselves are big attention-grabbers and can easily be enjoyed in their own right, they also have the potential to serve as the (often less gruesome) introduction to the original tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or even from history itself. These stories can be the doorway to exploring the concept of very old stories, their purposes, different interpretations in different cultures and even how they have changed over time from the original versions.
A Way With Words & Numbers offers free tutoring at the Columbia Public Library in the children’s area on a first-come, first-served basis. Tutoring is available during most of MU’s fall and winter semesters (September through early December and late January through early May).
Ages Served: Students in kindergarten through 7th grade Hours: Monday-Thursday: 3:30-7:30 p.m (tutoring not available on Saturdays at this time)
A Way With Words & Numbers is a tutoring program that utilizes the skills and resources of graduate and undergraduate students at Mizzou to help local elementary and middle school students master the basic skills of literacy and math. Teams of tutors consist of volunteers, service learning, work study and grant-funded students.
Peanut butter and jelly. Green eggs and ham. Bert and Ernie. Some things just work naturally as pairs, including reading and playing. Reading is a fun activity by itself, but adding play can reinforce the reading and create a more enjoyable overall experience between parent and child.
Let’s look at the book, “Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building” by Christy Hale. This fun book uses rhymes and side-to-side comparisons to show how child creations compare with famous architecture. For instance, a girl building a unique structure out of blocks on a left page is right across from a similar looking structure designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A fun poem and picture of kids using toothpicks and gumballs to create a colorful dome is across from an image of a giant biosphere structure located in Canada.
The rhymes and pictures make for an enjoyable read, but why stop there? Use Duplo bricks or other building blocks to make some of the structures the kids are building. Try some of the other fun activities shown in the book, such as making pillow forts, creating sandcastles or building with common household materials like playing cards and cardboard tubes. Talk with your child about meanings of words read in the book, such as “wall,” “roof,” “hideaway,” “arc” and “interlock.” Practice the fun rhymes together to develop language skills. Continue reading →
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!
Our next Missouri Building Block nominee is Lois Ehlert’s “Rrralph.” To be honest, I am a bit creeped out by the main character’s pop-top nose and zipper mouth (he is a collage of recycled materials). On the other hand, the book is a hit with its intended audience—preschoolers. Kids love pointing out all of the found objects in the illustrations. They also relish the quirky wordplay. Ralph is a talking dog, and young ones enjoy guessing how Ralph will answer questions with a dog’s limited vocabulary (e.g. “roof,” “bark” and “rough.”)
For more fun with this book:
Make your own collage animals. First go on a treasure hunt gathering scraps in your neighborhood or around the house. Then put the pieces together to make your own critters. For more inspiration, look at other books by Lois Ehlert. “Boo to You!” and “Leaf Man” are perfect inspiration for craft time during this fall season. Continue reading →