The MCPL Blog
Category: Early Literacy
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.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul.-Sept., 2014)
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Early Literacy
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
The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band
Toddler Favorites Too!
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Songs for Wiggleworms
Categories: Children, Early Literacy, Parents
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.
Categories: Early Literacy, Children, Wausau Daily Herald
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:
- "Banana!" by Ed Vere
- "Hug" by Jez Alborough
- "Where’s Walrus?" by Stephen Savage
- "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann
- "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug!" by Mark Newgarden
- "Chalk" by Bill Thomson
- "Journey" by Aaron Becker
- "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie de Paola
- "Mr. Wuffles" by David Wiesner
- "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann
Categories: Children, Parents , Early Literacy
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.
Categories: Children, Early Literacy