an early literacy newsletter from Coos Bay Public Library
Mother Goose on the Loose: Superstar!
We miss ALL THE BABIES at the library! Instead of featuring a "Mother Goose on the Loose Superstar" this month, we are calling for cute baby photo submissions. We need to see those chubby cheeks! All photos submitted will be in a "Superstar" gallery in May's newsletter.
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Art Gallery
Build Skills Every Day
Little interactions every day can add up to a BIG foundation for learning.
- Talk: It's hard to explain global events to our littlest ones. You can help them understand why things are different right now by framing your answers positively. Instead of saying "No, we can't go to the park today because we'll get sick," try saying, "We are all staying home from the park right now, so we can help each other stay healthy." Focus on what you are doing to stay healthy and help others, instead of what you can't do and what could get you sick.
- Sing: Get off the couch and dance! Toddlers need big movement even when the parks are closed. Shake off the cabin fever to your favorite music.
- Read: There is no need to run out of books! Check out free ebooks and audiobooks through Hoopla, Library2Go, and Tumblebooks.
- Write: Create a puzzle. Draw or scribble together and cut it into 3 or 4 large pieces. You can help your toddler cut with safety scissors. This exercises their writing muscles.
- Play: "I am sending you... a crawling crab... a jumping kangaroo... a slithering snake..." Play this game by 'sending' your little one to a family member. Announce what you are sending, and let your child act it out. Then have the other family member send them back as something new!
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Go Ahead... Sing!
(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The sun is shining down, the sun is shining down,
Oh how I love the warmth, the sun is shining down.
The rain is falling down, the rain is falling down,
Oh how I love the sound, the rain is falling down.
The flowers start to bloom, the flowers start to bloom,
Oh, how I love the sight, the flowers start to bloom.