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Mesa County Libraries Pilot Book Crates for Preschool Classrooms

Post by Lisa C.

Announcing the CLEL 12!

Earlier this month at the Annual Meeting, CLEL launched a new project. It’s called the CLEL 12 and it was inspired by the Learning 2.0 Project “23 Things.” Designed in response to member feedback, the CLEL 12 is a set of early-literacy related activities you are invited to complete over the twelve months. The actions were developed as basic building blocks, to help you strengthen your role as an early-literacy advocate, increase your participation in the early literacy community, further your own professional development and education, and expand your knowledge of the CLEL organization.

Friday Funday (This Is Cool!): The Developmental Alphabet

Post by Lisa C.

This is a fun video on that animates each letter of the alphabet with unexpected words and excitement.  It's called the "developmental" alphabet: The B is made of a biscuit, and H is for Homer, as in Homer Simpson.  S and W are particularly cool! The whole video is very cute and entertaining.  I watched it several times because I couldn’t get enough.


Marisco Institute for Early Learning and Literacy Presents: "Promoting Literacy from Birth to Five" with Dr. Nell Duke, Ph.D.

The Marisco Institute is again presenting a lecture of interest to anyone working with young children to develop early literacy skills. From their flyer:

Advocacy Tip for October: Encourage Parents to Read to Children in Any Language!

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

Colorado State Library Presents Youth Services Workshops

Register NOW for one of six Youth Services Workshops being held around the state. The day-long training includes a morning dedicated to learning about the statewide summer reading program, presented by Kathy Barco, and an afternoon session about early literacy fun in the library for babies and new parents, presented by a CLEL member. The workshops will be held in the towns of Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores between October 20 and November 10.

CLEL Wants YOU (to be on the Steering Committee)!

A few Steering Committee Members will be leaving at the end of the year and we want more members on the committee.  We need you!  If you are interested in being a new member on the CLEL Steering Committee, please submit a paragraph telling why you are interested to Vicky Hays by October 10, 2011.  Please let her know whether you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting.  You will be able to read your paragraph at the meeting.  If you are not able to attend, your paragraph will be read.  We will hold an on-line election after the Annual Meeting

Literacy-Based Crafts: Rocket Ship

One way to prompt conversations between a child and their grown-up during your craft time is to include some written questions as part of the project materials. For example, if you are handing out a coloring sheet, can you write in an open-ended question or two before you photocopy it?

This very simple rocket craft adds an “outer space” coloring sheet with a couple of prompts for the grown-ups to read as the children play.

Rocket Ship

First, the rockets!

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