Nari Ferderer

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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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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Last month we discussed how to incorporate early literacy activities during your trip to the mall. This month we take it one step further. Reading the directory Once you've parked and are ready to go, make sure to stop by the mall directory. This is a great place to go over directions, as well as setting up a meeting place in case you become separated. Spatial literacy and being able to read a map are crucial literacy skills for navigating through the world. Spatial literacy skills allow your child to be able to think visually and interpret location, distance, direction...Read more...
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early literacy in everyday places
The mall has a wealth of early literacy potential. From the basic concepts of counting, shapes and sizes to more detailed concepts of basic arithmetic, spelling and reading. Don't forget that these books can count for your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. In the car Point out all the print you can see from the car; on signs, buildings, inside the car, etc. This activity builds print awareness and can help develop vocabulary. Talk about what you see outside of the window. Discuss shapes, sizes, colors. Ask them to point out cars that are their favorite color (count the blue...Read more...
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Fans of historical fiction novelist Hilary Mantel won't have to wait very long to see her award winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies on PBS as the BBC miniseries makes its way to the United States. Told through the eyes of Henry VIII's chief advisor, Thomas Cromwell, Mantel takes us into the dissolution of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon, the split between England the Catholic church, as well as the marriage and beheading of Anne Boleyn. The BBC series is set to air on Monday April 5, 2015 at 10pm. If you've already read Hilary Mantel's...Read more...
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Tulips
“When the groundhog casts his shadow And the small birds sing And the pussywillows happen And the sun shines warm And when the peepers peep Then it is Spring” - Margaret Wise Brown Start the Spring season with a new batch of books on your next trip to the library. These refreshing reads will have you smelling the roses and enjoying the warmth of the sun, and possibly getting a little messy planting in the garden. Board Books (J Hardpage) Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz Peep Peep by Charles Reasoner Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers Picture Books (J Picture...Read more...
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