An Early Learning Thanksgiving

This week, friends and families around the country will gather to celebrating Thanksgiving. They’ll have delicious food, spirited conversation and hopefully some good football. (Go Hawks!) It’s also another opportunity to incorporate early literacy into your time together. Here are some ideas to help you write, talk, sing, play and read with your child during the holiday.

Bring on the Scares

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled outside, causing barren tree branches to scrap and scratch at the window like skeletons begging to get inside. I curled up on my couch, pulling a blanket closer around my shoulders with my head deep in a book. I was so focused on my reading that I didn’t hear as the front door quietly unlatched and opened. Muddy footsteps came creeping toward me until...

Early chapter books for your emergent reader

Making the leap from beginning reader books with their 1 – 2 – 3 levels, small words and large print to regular chapter books can intimidate even the most excited reader. Chapter books have the perception of having smaller print, no pictures and lots and lots of pages. What a difference from the short, brightly illustrated beginning reader books! It can be challenging (sometimes scary or even heavy) to make the leap. Luckily that’s where these wonderful in-between books come in.

Get Outside

We’ve had quite a few warm and sunny days here in Kitsap County, which makes me think that our summer season is finally here! Many of you may be furiously planning last minute vacations, camps, or activities for your kiddos to do once school is out. My family tends to be last minute planners, as much as I try to force us to be otherwise, so I’m totally with you. In the midst of figuring out the perfect summer for your kids (and participating in Summer Learning, of course), I want to remind you of an activity so simple you may overlook it—going outside.

For Kids: Make Your Own Mason Jar Planter

Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.

Everything Babies

Four weeks ago I returned to the library from being on maternity leave. My daughter is now five months old and quite the smiley, curious baby. I can scarcely believe how quickly this time has passed, but also, as many parents know, how long the past five months have felt. Parenthood truly is “the longest shortest time.”

Fall into STEM at the Library

School’s back in session, and with it the library says “goodbye” to another successful Summer Learning program. But our STEM activities for kids, tweens, and families don’t disappear with the sunshine. We youth services librarians have been busy preparing a fun-filled fall for those who want to tinker, play, and learn in a low-stakes environment outside of school.

Gardening with Kids

If the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and tulips sprouting everywhere didn’t convince you, then last weeks’ beautiful warm weather must have shown that spring is officially here. And what’s a better way to spend spring outside than gardening? I may only have a balcony with container planters instead of a yard with a garden, but I’m still itching to plant tomatoes, carrots, and green beans. While it may still be a bit early for planting vegetables, it’s not too early to start preparing your garden—and your little gardener—for what’s to come.

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