Little Listeners: March/April

Dec 16th, 2016 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the March/April session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week. The other plans: January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class): Barnyard Dance by…

My First Ever Baby Playground!

Nov 3rd, 2016 Craft Programs, Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This was my first ever Baby Playground program and the first for our library. Basically, I wanted to have a giant baby party that practices fine motor skills. I chose to focus on pincer grasp, gross motor skills, and eye tracking. It was so much fun! We had over 40 people attend. Babies were everywhere. Rice was everywhere (we used it as “sandbox” material). We…

Little Listeners: September/October

Oct 17th, 2016 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the September/October session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week. The other plans I have so far are: July/August November/December For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class): Bunny Rabbit…

Boosting Brain Power by Jill Stamm

Boosting Brain Power

May 27th, 2016 Book Reviews, Early Literacy Skills, Nonfiction, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us ISBN: 978-0-87659-359-2 Pages: 126 Publisher: Gryphon House Published: 05/01/16 Boosting Brain Power is a nonfiction book aimed at parents to teach them research-backed reasons and activities for brain building, bonding, and communicating with their 0-3 year-old to build early literacy and strengthen brain connections. A lot of the information and research will be familiar…

July / August Little Listeners

Sep 23rd, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners Rachel Reinwald 9 min read

I teach a program for 3 to 15-month-old babies and their parents. This is the littlest group we have. They are adorable and when you work with kids this young, you start to see their personalities because they aren’t eclipsed by their older siblings (who aren’t allowed in). This is what our structure looks like each time. The first ten minutes of the program is…

Early Literacy Research for Parents

Jun 20th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Lists Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

I teach a storytime for 3-month-olds to 15-months. We do the usual books, songs, fingerplays, social time, and early literacy tips that are provided by ECRR. But I feel a lot of times that those things become so routine that the parents start to gloss over the research that backs this type of program. If parents are more aware that this isn’t just play time,…

Family Storytime

Family Storytime: Garden

May 6th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

Intro Song: Wake up hands, wake up hands Wake up hands and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle Wake up hands, wake up hands Wake and wiggle in the morning … wake up feet … wake up head   Tippy Tap: What is your favorite color? I originally did not like doing this and continued it because the kids liked it and a predecessor had done it. Now,…

5 Activities to Improve Phonological Awareness

5 Activities to Improve Phonological Awareness

Apr 16th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Phonological awareness is the ability for kids to hear the sounds that make up words. It includes the ability to hear when two words rhyme, say the sound a word starts with, or break words into syllables. Phonological awareness is an early literacy skill. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually do it. The more you teach early…