Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!
What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!
How do I use this webpage? The webpage has six pieces-- the home page and a page for each of the most important activities to do with young children: Sing, Talk, Read, Play, and Write. Each of the pages has a short video you can watch to see the activities in action as well as a short explanation of what is happening in the video. On all of the pages you can use the links on the left hand side to get to more resources.
Okay, I looked at the webpage-- now what? The options are endless! We hope you try some of the activities at home with your child, but you can also visit us at nearly any Denver Public Library neighborhood branch library for storytime or to check out great books to help support reading, talking, writing, playing, and singing at home. Here are three of my favorites:
Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nicola O'Byrne: A crocodile falls into the story and terrorizes all the characters in this interactive book that encourages young readers to participate by peeking in and shutting the book. This is a great book for encouraging reading and playing.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler: This book is practically a jazz song in itself! Readers can clap, tap, strum, and hum along as a family introduces the baby to jazz. The rhythm of this book is addictive and introduces young readers to jazz, records, rhythm, and rhyme.
Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley: This is a narrative nonfiction book in which young readers can follow a chameleon on his journey for breakfast. The chameleon meets other animals along the way and I was surprised to learn that chameleons don't just change color to match their environment!