Locations and Hours
1600 Hopkins Dr.
San José, CA 95122
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Bascom Branch Library - 11:00a.m.
West Valley Branch Library - 11:00a.m.
Berryessa Branch Library - 11:30a.m.
Seven Trees Branch Library - 2:00p.m.
Alviso Branch Library - 3:00p.m.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Joyce Ellington Branch Library - 3:00p.m.
Educational Park Branch Library - 3:30p.m.
Cambrian Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Calabazas Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Vineland Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Edenvale Branch Library - 11:30a.m.
Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library - 6:00p.m.
Alum Rock Branch Library - 6:30p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Almaden Branch Library - 11:15a.m. - 6:30p.m.
Pearl Avenue Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Hillview Branch Library - 6:00p.m.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
East San José Carnegie Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Evergreen Branch Library - 4:00p.m.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
Check out copies of all of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories at your local branches!
In this sixth blog post, we will explore Letter Knowledge.
What is letter knowledge?
Letter knowledge includes recognizing the letters of the alphabet and knowing their names.
Why is it important?
The first step toward developing phonological awareness (an awareness of letter sounds), starts with letter knowledge. These skills are necessary for learning how to read.
How can I help my child develop letter knowledge?
Activities that have your child focus on one letter at a time are great for building letter knowledge.
- Make letter flashcards together and then use them to talk about each letter of the alphabet.
- Have a "letter of the day" so you can focus on one letter each day and talk about it in depth. Print out the letter as large as you can and display it in your home. This will give that letter a presence in your home and allow your child to become familiar with its shape.
- When looking at alphabet books together, have your child trace over the letter with their finger. Help them follow the lines and talk about the shape of the letters.
- Pointing out letters in the world around you is a great way to bring attention to individual letters. It's often good to start with the first letter of the child's name, for example: "Look there's an S, on the Stop sign, just like the S in Sam!"
It's never too early to begin working on early literacy skills with your child! Here are some hardpage books that would be great for reading with your baby:
Books that focus on one letter at a time are great for teaching letter knowledge. Check out these books in the "My Sound Box" series:
In conjunction with books, DVDs such as Leap Frog Letter Factory are great for learning about letters. Other books like Kindergarten Alphabet Activities and Spectrum Learning Letters are also great for building and expanding letter knowledge.
To experience the six early literacy skills in action, visit your local branch for a storytime, music and movement class or early learning readiness program. If you'd like help finding more information and resources about developing early literacy skills with your child, drop in to any one of our 23 locations and ask for a librarian!
In this fifth blog post, we will explore Print Awareness.
What is print awareness?
Print awareness means being aware of printed text and understanding that the text has meaning. It also includes knowing how to handle a book.
Why is it important?
Recognizing that those shapes on the page are actually words and not just part of the picture, is an important first step in learning how to read.
How can I help my child develop print awareness?
Before reading together, explain the different parts of a book.
- front cover
- back of the book
- right side up vs. upside down
- point out the title and author
Eventually your child will be able to answer questions such as:
- Where's the front cover?
- Where's the title?
- Which way does the book go?
- Can you open the book and turn to the first page?
While reading together it is important to fingertrack (drag your finger underneath the words as you read them). This will start to develop your child's awareness that what you are saying is what is represented by the words on the page.
Point out print that exists in the real world:
- Road signs
- Price tags
Create a print rich environment around the home by labeling household objects.
For example, print and tape up signs for:
Turn everyday activities into opportunities to reinforce print awareness.
- Before grocery shopping trips, write a list together and explain what you are doing. "We need milk, so I am going to write milk here on our shopping list." You can even spell the word out as you write.
- When eating out, explain that the words on the menu represent different food choices.
- Use a recipe to cook something together. Say it aloud as you go through the recipe step by step, and have your child help you collect the ingredients.
All of these activities are great ways to help your child understand that those shapes are letters, which make up words and words have meaning!
The following items in the San Jose Public Library Collection can help reinforce print awareness. Click on the pictures below to view the items in our catalog.
Reading books like Maisy Bakes A Cake and Bunny Cakes, can be a great way to show your child how someone can follow the directions of a recipe or use a shopping list at the grocery store, without having to do all the work yourself!
Keep an eye out for the next and final blog post of Early Literacy Foundations, Part 6: Letter Knowledge.