Saturday, December 29, 2007

Book in Hand Story Time

"Book in Hand" Story Time will be offered to children ages 2-5 on Wednesdays, January 9-30, at 10:30 am. Space is limited, so please register at the Public Service Desk during your library visit or by calling 885-3108. This program is free and is supported by a generous grant from Ashgate Publishing in Burlington.

“Book in Hand” is a story time approach that utilizes multiple copies of a picture book as a means to engage children in the reading process. In a traditional story time, the child listens and views a book read (usually) by an adult in a group setting. With the “Book in Hand” approach, each child in the group has his/her own copy of the book in board book format—a sturdy format that can withstand lots of use. Each child can then follow along and explore the book as s/he desires. The result is a child-driven story time, with the adult following and taking advantage of the children’s lead.

With the “Book in Hand” approach, children become physically and intellectually engaged with the book. They learn and practice how to keep pace with reading as a group, use descriptive and expressive language, make observations and connections, and manipulate pages. As the story progresses, they have the opportunity to act out the actions and drama of the illustrations. Throughout the session, they can choose to lead the group or follow the lead of other children at will.

"Book in Hand" was developed by the librarians of the Eric Carle Musuem of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Holiday Wish for You

Peace, Love, and Joy
May the greatest gifts of the season be yours

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Mouse

Illustrators love to use mice as characters in their books, and Christmas editions are no exception. Favorites include If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Robert's Snow by Grace Lin, and Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson. Find one that you like and read it with your child. Then, make a Christmas mouse ornament. Cut out a 3"-4" tear drop shape from a piece of construction paper (like red). Then cut out ears and eyes from a contrasting color (like green). Have your child glue the eyes and ears onto the tear drop shape using the pointy end for the nose. Then tape a large candy cane to the back to serve as a tail. Voila! You have an ornament to hang on the tree or give as a gift to grandma.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

An Activity for 3-5 year olds

Try this "What's the BIG Idea?" activity at home. Check out a copy of Ed Young's Seven Blind Mice. (If this book is not available, try this activity with a counting book.) Read the story to your child. Notice how Young groups the seven mice in different ways on various pages. Count the number of mice with your child. Are there still seven mice no matter what arrangement the mice are in? Give your child seven pennies (or some other items to use as "counters"). Ask your child to carefully count the pennies to make sure there are seven. Show how the pennies can be grouped into various sets such as one and six or two and five. Are there still seven pennies? Ask your child to make his/her own sets. Use the illustrations in the book as examples and have your child copy them with his/her pennies. How many ways can the pennies be arranged? Listen to what your child says. Does s/he talk about adding? Introduce math vacabulary like addtion and equals when you discuss the groupings or sets.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

What's the BIG Idea?

"What's the BIG Idea?" is a four year project designed by the Vermont Center for the Book and funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the project is to help public libraries become places where informal math and science learning occurs through programming, learning centers, displays and circulation of books and materials. The content focus is on four areas of math and science that early childhood educators say children must have experience with before they start school: patterns and relationships, change over time, geometry and spacial sense, and numbers and operation. The target audience is children ages 3-7 and their families. We at the Springfield Town Library are pleased and proud to have been chosen to be a part of this program. Patrons of the Children's Room benefit by being offered special programs and a large assortment of math and science books and kits for borrowing. Watch this site for books and activities.