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Category: Early Literacy

JULY 24, 2014
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!
Beginning this fall, together with our usual literacy offerings, we are incorporating more S.T.E.A.M. into our children’s programs!

What’s S.T.E.A.M.?  It is an approach to education that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics by providing kids with lots of hands-on activities and experiments. Each program will be designed to engage the imagination and stimulate the curiosity of our future computer programmers, scientists, mathematicians, artists and engineers.

S.T.E.A.M. Exploration Stations are planned for preschool children (ages 3-5) at 10:30am on the second Wednesday and the following Saturday of each month at our Wausau headquarters. Occasionally, other Preschool Story Times will feature S.T.E.A.M experiments and activities, too.

Additionally, monthly S.T.E.A.M. programs are being planned for school-age children (grades K-5), including events for tweens (grades 3-5) specifically.

We are following national recommendations by expanding our educational opportunities for children and providing additional activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  These free programs are intended to be fun, engaging and beneficial for your children as they grow into successful teens and adults.

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(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)

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JULY 23, 2014
Make music with your child
Music has many benefits to children of all ages; it gives children an outlet for expression, it breaks down language so children hear the smaller sounds in words (also known as phonological awareness), and music stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning. So, what can you do so your child gets the most out of music? Encourage your child to make his or her own music with household items. Play music in your home and encourage your child to sing and dance. And, even if you have a terrible singing voice, sing to your child! Your child will not care what your voice sounds like, just be enthusiastic and expressive. Sing nursery rhymes, make up songs that rhyme together, and even sing books. Check out the booklists below for books that can be sung to children and a list of highly recommended children’s music CDS.

Books to Sing
The Seals on the Bus-Lenny Hort
Old McDonald Had a Farm-Jane Cabrera
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed-Eileen Christelow
My Very First Mother Goose-Iona Opie
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star-Jane Cabrera
The Itsy Bitsy Spider-Iza Trapani
 
Recommended CDs
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Precious Baby
Songs for Wiggleworms
 

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JULY 11, 2014
Building Blocks Series
The first 1000 days of a child’s life will influence his or her future academic achievement greatly. A child’s brain is only about 25% developed at birth and develops to about 85% at age 3, or about 1000 days old. Marathon County’s Early Years Coalition is taking proactive steps to ensuring parents have information and support for those first 1000 days so they raise great kids. The Wausau Daily Herald interviewed members of the coalition in the hopes of spreading the word about what parents can do to ensure their child is healthy, safe, ready for school, and great! Check out the links to other episodes and information to see how you can raise a great child in Marathon County.
 

New episodes will air Fridays until August 15. Visit http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/opinion/ for the latest videos.
 

 

 

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APRIL 28, 2014
Interact With Your Child With Wordless Picture Books

Your child needs positive human interaction to fully develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Human interaction includes simple tasks such as talking, singing, playing, writing and reading; the five suggested practices to get your child ready to read! Through human interaction, your child’s brain will develop to its fullest potential and he or she will feel loved and be more willing to learn, listen and grow.

How can you interact with your child? Below are a few ideas:

  • Play with your child outside, or play make believe inside
  • Talk with your child about his or her day, favorite color, or anything you can think of!
  • Sing favorite songs, sing sentences in books, or make up silly songs that rhyme together
  • Write your child's name, allow him or her to scribble with chalk, or draw pictures together
  • Read books together, point out the letters in different signs you see outside, and read even more!

Wordless picture books are a great way to promote parent-child interaction. Books without words may seem intimidating and strange, but have your child tell the story based on the illustrations and ask different questions as you move through the story. Using wordless picture books will encourage your child to talk, interpret pictures, and use his or her imagination. Below is a list of wordless picture books (or books that contain very few words) that will encourage interaction through talking:

(from the MCPL Newsletter, May-Jul., 2014)

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JANUARY 24, 2014
2014 Early Literacy Calendar

Helping your child get ready to read is easy! Just do one fun activity from this calendar each day. Plus, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ask your children's librarian for more tips and ideas to promote pre-reading skills in your child.

http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/images/yss/2014_Early_Literacy_Calendar.pdf

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