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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LouFamFun Early Literacy Ideas - January

PhotobucketIn 2014, there are SO many new things coming to LouFamFun! One of them is my new post about incorporating early literacy ideas into your parenting. I know you can find all sorts of ideas by googling all over the place, but I wanted to start sharing my love of early childhood, early literacy, and sharing stories with young children. I am a children's librarian in my recent former career, so this is all very near and dear to my heart. Each month, I will be sharing an easy recipe, books to share together, rhymes/songs/chants, and play literacy all centered around a theme for the month. I'll also give you a tip for one great family centered place to go explore in Louisville that incorporates a lot of what I discuss.

January - Winter Wonderings!

Books to share: If It's Snowy and You Know it Clap Your Paws by Kim Norman, Winter is for Snow by Robert Neubecker, Snowy Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka, Snow by Manya Stojic, On a Wintry Morning by Dori Chaconas

Rhyme: Dance Like Snowflakes (Sung to Are You Sleeping)
Dance like snowflakes, dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Here and there, here and there (from childfun.com)

Recipe: Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes

 photo photo_zps4f53fbc9.jpgFun Printable from Reading is Fundamental - Literacy calendars with ideas for each day!

Play Literacy Idea: Using masking tape, mark off a large mitten shape on the floor for your kids to sit inside while you read The Mitten by Jan Brett and reenact the story with stuffed animals.

This month I'll highlight one of our favorite places to go in the winter, for indoor fun, science, learning, and play. The Kentucky Science Center! Even though we don't go as often as I would really like to, my oldest child always loved the water area and the kids zone at the Center. My youngest (who is 2 1/2 right now), loves the kids area as well. He really enjoyed the Science in Play exhibit. Read about our most recent review of the Science Center here. They offer outstanding programming, and their FREE morning playgroup once a month for younger children is a great opportunity.


By guest contributor: Erin

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