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Early Literacy Tip - Nursery Rhymes

I love nursery rhymes, and like that they are a core part of our toddler, baby, and preschool storytimes. I like to share this tip with parents to help them understand the importance of nursery rhymes: "Nursery rhymes are a great way to help your child learn language and new vocabulary in a silly, fun way. Studies have shown that children who are acquainted with nursery rhymes early in life have greater success in reading and spelling when they get to school."

Calling all Sports Fans!

Are you an avid sports fan?  Do you have children in your life?  Bring both sides together and encourage early literacy skills at the same time!  Here are some ideas:

Encouraging Literacy Skills AND Healthy Habits!


Thanksgiving Stories

Welcome - Try a creating a routine by repeating the same song, rhyme or finger play each time you meet!

Story 1 - The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell

Finger Play - Five Little Pilgrims

Early Literacy Tip for Baby Storytime

We always sing our opening song twice in baby storytime, and before we sing it the second time, I like to say, "We do a lot of repetition in baby storytime. Developing brains need lots of repetition to set neural connections. Children love reading their favorite books and singing their favorite songs over and over again, and it's a critical part of their brain development. Let's sing it again!"

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Moo!

Vote For One Book 4 Colorado

It's that time of year again. Voting is open for One Book 4 Colorado! The winning title will be given to all four year olds in the state of Colorado during spring 2014. Public libraries, local health agencies and other partners will join together to get a book into the hands of all Colorado's four year olds during the campaign. Be sure to vote for your favorite book today. Click here to vote now!


ECRR Skills in the Kitchen

As I was about to post this, I was excited to see Kristen’s post (from Andrea in the Clearview Library District).  Looks like we are having the same brainwave!  :)

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Henri's Scissors

Thanksgiving Early Literacy Tip

This week's early literacy tip is Thanksgiving themed, and is great to use in your Thanksgiving storytimes. It comes from Andrea at the Clearview Library District:

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