Archive for January, 2007

poetry Friday

What I Like!  Poems for the Very Young

What I Like!: Poems for the Very Young (Poetry S.)

With short poems in simple language and on familiar topics (hamburgers and hot dogs, pets, counting, nature), this book begs to be read out loud.  The reader and listener will quickly get into the rhythm of the poems, and will be drawn in even further by the brightly colored cartoon-style illustrations.  This book succeeds in making poetry fun for even the youngest of readers.

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what is emergent literacy?

During this story time session (and preschool parents, this will be of interest to you, as well), I will be incorporating aspects of a philosophy called emergent literacy.  Simply put, this means I will be focussing on helping your child develop his/her language and vocabulary skills, as well as letter knowledge and print awareness, among other things.  Read here for some information about emergent literacy, and ways that you as a parent or grandparent can help prepare your toddler to read, and stay tuned to this blog for more information on how I am incorporating emergent literacy into storytime.  And of course, if you have any questions about emergent literacy or about any other aspects of storytime, don’t hesitate to ask me.

–Miss Tracey

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poetry Friday

For some poetry laughs, try Dinosaur Dinner (with a Slice of Alligator Pie) by Dennis Lee, selected by the children’s poetry master himself, Jack Prelutsky.   Fun rhymes like “Mrs. Mitchell’s underwear is dancing on the line; Mrs. Mitchel’s underwear has never looked so fine” are guaranteed to get a laugh from both adult and child.  The illustrations are simple and comical.  Give it a try!

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