Fingerplays - or short rhymes using fingers, hands, and other parts of the body - are a fun and active way to engage with your child, but they are so much more than just that! Fingerplay rhymes are a beneficial tool in helping support young children in early learning. The motions help children sharpen those fine motor skills as they match and mirror the movements; the repetition of words and rhymes feed into an understanding of language and rhythm, and the interactive nature of the fingerplays strengthen social and emotional bonds between invested adults and children.
I have always associated the holidays with books. (Okay, I associate A LOT of things with books!) As a kid, I would spend holiday vacations from school devouring as many books as I could before school resumed. I still have fond memories of curling up with a good book, while the smell of delicious food and the laughter of loved ones drifted by. As an adult, I miss having that leisurely time come December, but I still try to make time for reading and for sharing books with those I love.
I will admit it, I am inherently a pretty emotional person. As I get older, I have noticed that the moment I think I've found ways to manage my emotions and stress levels, I turn around and another heap of emotions is piled on in a seemingly never-ending cycle. With constant stressors like finances, job security, world affairs and the in's and out's of everyday life, you may feel like you are constantly overcoming one obstacle after another. How does one break that cycle? Well, I have yet to discover a magic Stress-A-Way spray or a guard to keep the emotions at bay.
One of my passions as a youth services librarian is promoting early literacy skills (the skills a child needs in order to read successfully) at my storytimes. The main reason we promote these skills is to help get children ready for kindergarten and support their parents in this endeavor. However, literacy is not the only skill a child needs in order to find success in the kindergarten classroom.
This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016. As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great. I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!
Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.