Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting the Most from the Puppet Theatre

One of the first things kids notice when they enter the play area is the puppet theatre. Castle, really. It serves as a cozy place to read and an adventurous place to play.

But did you know that it also helps your child develop his or her early literacy skills?

Understanding how a story works is an essential part of getting ready to read. Pre-readers need to know that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that things need to happen in order This ability is known as Narrative Skills and kids need to learn it before they can learn that sentences need to go in order, words need to go in order, and letters need to go in order to make sense.

The best ways for children to develop this skill are through hearing stories and telling stories. Our puppet theatre is a perfect tool to encourage your child to tell stories.

So what can you do to help your child learn even more? Ask your child to tell you a story with the puppets. Encourage him or her to add more details. Sequencing within the story matters - what happens first, second, and last? Ask lots of questions.

Your involvement will increase your child's enjoyment and learning!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Closings

The Watertown Free Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. today and will be closed all day tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Play is more than just play...

You probably already know about our play area here in the Children's Room. It's a wonderful place to hang out with other families, and the space provides a great opportunity for little ones to interact with each other.

But did you know that the activities in this area are about more than just entertainment? Each activity is also designed to help develop your child's early literacy skills!

Young children learn through play. Their education begins long before they enter school as they constantly gather skills and knowledge through every interaction with their family members, their friends, their toys, and their environment. Their brains are constantly making new connections as they look at things, touch objects, ask questions, and try things out.

When you spend time in our play area, remember that you can use this space to facilitate even more learning with your child. Identify shapes, colors, and the names of objects. Ask them questions. Get them to tell you stories. You'll be helping them learn the precursors to what they'll eventually expand upon in school. Playful interaction with you in a stimulating environment is the best way for your child to learn and grow!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mini-golf? In the Library!?

Yes! Mini-golf in the library! Friday, January 20 the library will be open after hours for a fundraiser. We're turning the library into an 18-hole mini-golf course. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children. More details to follow.