Did you know that everytime you sing Humpty Dumpty or Mary Had a Little Lamb, you are actually giving your baby a head start on their literacy skills? When reading, children need to decode both the words and the storyline at the same time, and this can be hard for new readers. Once children learn that that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, it gives them an opportunity to anticipate what might happen next, using the illustrations and actions as clues.
Giving children experiences with story arcs and patterns before they become readers is one way to give them a little head start with their literacy skills. Songs such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack & Jill and Little Bo Peep are great examples of these pre-reader mini-stories you can share with your child.
Next time you are in the library, look for one of these titles to take home with you. Don't forget about our baby/toddler storytimes for more ideas and activities to help turn your little one into a lifelong reader.
Did you know that it's International Babywearing Week? Babywearing is just what it sounds like: wearing your baby close in a cloth carrier or wrap. People have been doing it throughout human history and across the globe. There are many beneficial reasons to wear your baby, including convenience, bonding and emotional support, health and well-being, etc. As a parent of a happy and thriving 14-month-old, I'm happy to report that I'm a babywearing believer, and my poor stroller continues to collect dust.
There are so many different options when it comes to babywearing! Wraps, soft-structured carriers, ring slings, mei tais, oh my! The various options offer different types of support, versatility, and yes, pretty designs. Just like so many things when it comes to parenting, there's no "right way", just what works best for you and your child. However, if you're looking for some help with deciding what's right for you (because who needs another unused baby item in the garage, right?!), the good news is that there is an excellent organization called Babywearing International, which is a babywearing support and advocacy group. The local chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Sports Basement in Sunnyvale from 10:30-12:30. You can also try the Slings and Things class at Harmony in Campbell.
Babywearing is often cited as an important component of attachment parenting. Based on attachment theory in developmental psychology, it is all about forming strong emotional bonds and trust during a child's formative years. Dr. Sears is frequently regarded a key figure in the attachment parenting movement, with The Baby Book often referenced as the definitive "AP" manual. Other titles that advocate for attachment parenting methods include:
September means school and sometimes those homework hassles! If your children need help with homework or if your children need help improving their reading skills, then bring them to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library's Homework Club. The King Library's Homework Club, for children in Grades K-8, meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00PM in the Exploration Room which is located on the Mezzanine above the Children's Room. Our knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to give students homework assistance in many subjects.
Parents need to register their children at their first homework club session.
Bascom Branch now offers two more opportunities for your children to enjoy listening to books.
We have two friendly volunteers who will be available for reading to children in the Children’s area on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children can choose what books they want read to them, or the reader can offer some suggestions. This is a great time for children to enjoy one-on-one attention and to increase their interest in reading. You can drop by during any of the times listed below:
Our regular Storytimes will return in September, so be sure to take advantage of Reading to Children during August and beyond.
The media is all over this so there are lots of places where you can get the latest info including:
There is a Royal Baby Watch App. Yes, there really is and you can download it from iTunes for free.
And if you are the betting sort you could place a bet on the baby's name. Odds for Alexandra are 7/4 all the way up to Psy (after the Gagnam Style Star) are 5000/1.
More from SJPL about this new generation of British Royals:
San José Beyond the Bell is a FREE tool that helps you support your children by linking them to out-of-school time programs and resources across Silicon Valley.
You can find activities for your child among the following categories:
- After school care
- Community service
- Creative arts
- Dance and performing arts
- Language and multicultural education
- Science and technology
- Special needs
- Sports and recreation
- Vocational training and internships
Age groups run from pre-school through high school. This site lets you search by location, zipcode, and keyword, and lets you limit your search to "programs with financial aid available or free of charge."
Check out San José Beyond the Bell.
June is National Safety Month! Learn the tips and best practices on how to stay safe by checking out the following titles!
Safety by Liz Gogerly
This book contains helpful advice about staying safe in today's fast-paced world. Learn about the real concerns to pay attention to at various places: at home, at school and more.
Play it Safe Online by Phyllis Cornwall
Learn how to avoid certain hazzards and dangers online. This book provides tips and advice on how to remain safe online such as not posting certain pictures, how to limit personal information, choosing secure sites and more.
Traffic Safety by Nancy Loewen
Traveling this summer? This book will help you discover common transportation hazards and learn how to avoid or handle them.
Safety at Home by Mary Lee Knowlton
This book provides helpful tips and advice for kids on how to stay safe at home. Learn how to avoid common home-related accidents and injuries by reading this book.
Say No and Go: Stranger Safety by Jill Donahue
Even though your neighborhood might appear safe, dangerous incidents may randomly occur. This book will help you know what they are and how to handle them. Learn how to effectively know your neighbors, watch out for strangers and dealing with people at the doorstep.
For more recommendations, please see a Youth Services Librarian at your library.
Is your child struggling with reading or writing? Free help is available this summer from Read Write Discover (RWD), a literacy tutoring program at the library. This free program targets students who are struggling or whose families face language barriers in their communities. High school students are trained to tutor youth in grades 1-8 on reading and writing skills. The session begins with a family orientation, and tutors work with the same learners every week.
The tutoring program will be held at Bascom on:
Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 19 – August 1 from 4:00-5:30 PM.
Children must be registered to attend and space is limited, so sign up early!
For additional information about the program, visit http://www.readwritediscover.org/.
San Jose Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Celebration (SRC) promises to be more fun than ever this year, with the introduction of a Bingo-style activity grid in place of the traditional reading log. As always, kids will have lots of incentives to read books of their choice - a proven way to help prevent learning loss during the summer months. The activity grid will additionally reward participants for other literacy related activities, such as attending library programs.
Special SRC programs will be held at all library branches throughout the summer. For children, these include many activities related to this year’s "Dig Into Reading" theme - for instance, we’ll be planting seeds, creating fossil art, making hedgehogs, and decorating pet rocks! Libraries will also offer a variety of free performances for families including the Fratello Marionettes, magician Dan Chan, singer/songwriter Peter Apel, and many others. We’ll also have our annual Graphic Novel Contest, Teen Book Trailer Contest, and special SRC Kick-Off Event on June 2. Check out sjpl.org/summer for more information about Summer Reading events and activities.
Separate activity grids are available for pre-readers, readers, teens, and adults, giving everyone a chance to participate and win prizes. Prizes include toys for the kids, free books, entries in drawings for gift cards, and even an iPad Mini! Beginning June 1, you can pick up an activity grid at any SJPL location or print one online. Get ready to play!
What is it that makes a person strike out at a child repeatedly by word or hand? What does such consistent maltreatment do to the mind, body and soul of that child? How can such acts of power abuse be prevented? What can be done to intervene? What can be done to ease the effects as the child becomes an adult. Before we leave April completely behind us, April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Listed below are resources to respond to those questions posed above.
Definitions of Child Abuse:
Resources at SJ Library:
During FFY 2011, throughout the United States there were 676,569 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. It was found that approximately nine out of every one thousand children in the U.S. were victims of abuse. Babies, under the age of one, suffered the highest rate of victimization. From the data collected for 2011, it is estimated that 1,570 children died from abuse or neglect that year alone.
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