an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library
1000 Books Before Kindergarten has gone virtual! To participate, register your child via Beanstack (click image above). Set up an account, if you haven't already, and the challenge will pop up on your child's dashboard. 1000 Books B4K is available only for children five and under. It is an ongoing challenge that will run simultaneously with any seasonal reading challenges in which you participate.
If you are already working your way through the paper logs available at the library, don't worry! We will keep the paper option for as long as you need it. And as always, you can grab the app (iphone or android) and do it on your own!
Build Skills Every Day
Little interactions every day can add up to a BIG foundation for learning.
- Talk: Practice conversation with your preverbal baby. When they look at you and make a sound, copy the sound back to them. This helps baby understand that the sounds he makes are meaningful!
- Sing: Counting games are a fun way to learn numbers, but you don't always have to use your fingers. Grab some blocks, raisins, or cars, and count them as you sing!
- Read: Do silly voices while reading a picture book with dialogue. Try making one character a high soft voice, and one a low growly voice. This helps young children follow who is speaking.
- Write: Does your little one want to send a valentine? Break out the finger paints! When the masterpiece is complete, cut it in the shape of a heart and glue it inside a blank card. Add a hand print on the front for extra cuteness!
- Play: Stop and go games are a fun and positive way to practice listening and self-control. These are the same skills your toddler needs to use to stop moving and look at you when you say, "Stop!", or "Put that down!". Practice them ahead of time, so the skills are stronger when you need them!