Nari Ferderer

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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Although Thanksgiving is behind us, the next couple of months will bring a number of holidays, celebrations and family gatherings going into the New Year. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce early learning and literacy concepts to your young child as they begin to understand the passage of time and the importance placed on certain days out of the year. Play Bake or make your favorite holiday treat, react scenes from your favorite holiday movie or story. Use the winter holiday and rainy days as a time to get creative with your child. This is a great time to...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Scrub a dub-dub, time for early learning in the tub! Bathtime is a key transition time for young children. It is the bridge signaling the end of playtime and the start of bedtime in most cases. But with one foot still in the playzone, bathtime can be a great opportunity for early learning activities for your toddler or preschooler. This is a time of undivided attention from their primary caregiver, and it is a time when you have their undivided attention. So what can you do? Activities to do in the tub Talk Talk about the different body parts. Point...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Getting dressed in the morning is a great way to incorporate early learning activities into your daily routine. Talking about the act and routine of getting dressed sets a vital foundation for your child. Its more than just the act of putting on or taking off clothes. Getting dressed will help your child develop their: Fine Motor Skills by using zippers and buttons Gross Motor Skill s by balancing on one leg to put on a pair of pants Cognitive skill s by using their memory and sequencing skills to remember that socks go on before shoes. Shirts go on...Read more...
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Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook
Mark your calendars! September 13, 2015 is National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day! Check out our wonderful resources to find a recipe for a fun and edible day! What can you do? Let your child take over the kitchen for the day, or maybe just one meal. Let them learn how to spread peanut butter & jelly onto toast, or show older children how to make their favorite meal. Talk about traditional family meals and foods unique to your culture or heritage. This is a great time to explore the globe and look for similarities and differences with food...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Doing the laundry is one of the best ways to incorporate early literacy activities in your daily or weekly routine. Which is why Wash Time is Talk Time has been a new initiative established by the National Coin Laundry Association, Clinton Foundation and Too Small to Fail to promote and encourage more interactions with young children. Although babies may be too young to help, they are still learning and listening. Narrate as you sort, wash or fold the clothes. Let them touch and smell the different fabrics in the pile after the wash. Toddlers, however, love to help and helping...Read more...
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Is your child going back to school next week? Starting school for the first time? Back to school is a special time for children, and can sometimes be a difficult transition going from the fun and easy summer days to the more structured routine of a school schedule. Although your child may be ready to get started with all their school supplies, one of the most important tools that they’ll rely on are their literacy skills. Refreshing and encouraging these skills at home will help your children succeed right from the start. Whatever your child’s age, setting literacy goals together...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Summertime is a great place to start healthy habits for your family. What better place to start than in your kitchen? Cooking with toddlers and preschoolers can be fun, messy and an incredible learning experience fostering healthy eating habits, developing your child's imagination and their gross motor skills. Whether its something as simple as brewing a pot of coffee or more complex like cooking spaghetti, this is an experience they will always remember. Prep Work Discuss kitchen safety before starting any cooking projects. Explain that the stove and oven heat up when being used. Discuss that the stove gets very,...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places: the Movies
Taking a trip to the movie theater can be a great way to not only entertain your preschooler or early elementary schoolers, but also to keep cool during the summer heat. Whether you are at the movies, or watching from the comfort of your couch, take advantage of this great opportunity to incorporate some early literacy activities in your outing. Concessions and food sizes. Before you go, take a quick read of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and discuss how objects, food, clothing, etc can be different sizes for different people. Reinforce this concept when you decide what size popcorn...Read more...
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
For reluctant readers, summer break can be a difficult time to focus and find that perfect book. To engage your reluctant reader this summer, watch a movie then read the book. Talk about the differences, expectations and what they would have added or left out of the movie. There might be even a local production or theater performing shows based on books. In the meantime browse through our DVD and Fiction shelves to find your perfect pairing. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (J Fiction / J PB Fiction Fitzhugh) Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Take flight this summer with some wonderful books and stories to help prepare your little ones for their first trip on an airplane. Preparing for a flight can be full of stressful moments, But before you leave the home and after you get through the security games, there are a number of games, songs and different activities that you can do with the family to make the trip more exciting. Pre-Boarding Where are you going? Use a map or atlas to show your child where your destination is. Spell out the name of the city or country that you are...Read more...
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