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Cooking Up Some Early Literacy

If you GIVE a pig a pancake, he may make a huge mess, but if you show him how to MAKE one, and you are teaching him reading, science, and math skills! 

Cooking is Reading

*Reading and talking about the recipe helps children develop early literacy skills.

 Cooking is Math

*Measuring the ingredients with your child teaches them about fractions and setting a timer teaches them about the passing of time.

 Cooking is Science

*Making a recipe is a lot like a scientific experiment complete with observations, predictions, experimentation, and evaluation.  Talk about what happens to the raw ingredients as they journey through the cooking process. 

So the next time you make a mess with your kids in the kitchen, remember the lessons they learn in the kitchen will last long after the cleanup!

 Grab a book and get cooking!  

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Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! E STE

 

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Children Skyping With Authors….NPL’s New Frontier

Image                        In the popular TV program, “Star Trek,” we saw the wonders of teleportation devices. In the movie, “Star Wars”, we witnessed the funny antics of the robots C3PO and R2D2.  At the Naperville Public Library, we have harnessed technology to easily Skype (video chat) with authors using a laptop, a screen, and a Communicator.

            This very week, NPL patrons Skyped LIVE with an author. With a video-feed of author Sarah Prineas projected onto a screen, our group of eager 95th St. Bookologists asked interesting questions and interacted directly with the author.  Not only did the author share the ideas that led her to create some of her magical books, she answered each child’s question thoughtfully and in an animated way.  She even held original items up to the web camera such as full-size drawings of her books’ characters and a life-size dragon knitted by one of her friends that is based on a character from one of her books.

              You might be asking, “Did the children like this new format of programming at the library?”  Well….as soon as we thanked the author for her time and ended the chat, one Bookologist asked, “When are you doing something like this again?”  Needless to say, we are hoping to skype more with authors in the future.

              In fact, if you missed the Skype visit this week, go to Nichols Library this   Wednesday, April 25that 4:30 p.m. for their April Bookologist meeting. They will also Skype with author Sarah Prineas.  It’s for 3rd-5th graders, and there is no registration required. Don’t miss this chance to learn secrets about the Magic Thief series and discover things you didn’t know about being an author!

              Be on the lookout for more technologically-advanced programs….brought to you by the Naperville Public Library!

Many Children, Many Books

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On April 28, 2012, Naperville Public Library will join schools, libraries and communities across the country in celebrating Dia de los ninos/Dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Dia grew out of Children’s Day, which began in 1925 and was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance  and well being of children. In 1996, author Pat Mora proposed linking this celebration of children with literacy—and Dia was born. Initially Dia focused on the Latino community, but it has grown to embrace all cultures and languages.

Why celebrate Dia?

  • Dia brings families together and emphasizes the importance of literacy for every child regardless of linguistic or cultural background.
  • Dia involves parents as valued members of the literacy team.
  • Dia honors home languages and cultures, which promotes bilingual and multilingual literacy in this multicultural nation; and leads to global understanding through reading.
  • Dia reflects the joy that comes from being able to read in whatever language is spoken at home or with family, with being literate, from loving language  and from sharing the love of books.

The library is the perfect place to celebrate Dia.  Libraries provide the opportunity for endless learning and enjoyment for all people, regardless of linguistic and cultural background.  Come to storytime. Try out “Little Pim” and learn a new language. Listen to music or read a story about another culture.

All children enjoy nursery rhymes. Try one of these with your child.

Pio, Pio (traditional Italian nursery rhyme)

Pio Pio                                                                   Pio, Pio

Pio, pio                                                                  Pio, pio

Il pulcino sono io.                                           I am the chick.

La mia mamma                                                 My mother

e’ la chioccia                                                       is the hen

e io vivo nel pollaio.                                       and I live in the chicken run.

Quando andiamo                                             When we go

a far la nanna                                                      to sleep

sotto le ali della mamma,                              under mommy’s wings,

noi dormiamo tranquillamente                  we sleep quietly

e la volpe non ci fa niente.                            And the fox doesn’t harm us.

Chandaa Maama Door Ke (traditional Hindi rhyme)             Uncle Moon

Chandaa maama door ke,                                                          Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats

aap khaayen thaali mein                                                             Eats in a big plate himself,

munne ko den pyaali mein                                                         gives baby a small bowl

chandaa maama door ke                                                            to eat in

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               Small bowl breaks,

pyaali gayi toot munnaa gayaa rooth                                   baby is mad

laayenge nayi pyaaliyaan bajaa bajaa ke                             We’ll bring new bowls and clap

taaliyaan                                                                                            our hands

munne ko manaayenge ham doodh                                       We’ll bring a smile to baby’s face

malaayi khaayenge,                                                                     and will eat treats together

chandaa maama door ke,                                                           Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats

aap khaayen thaali mein                                                            Eats in a big plate himself,

munne ko den pyaali mein                                                         Gives baby a small bowl to eat in

chandaa maama door ke,                                                           Uncle Moon far, far away,

puye pakaayen boor ke                                                               baking yummy treats

Rocking on the Road to Reading

Whether your child is 4 days old or 4 years old, it is never too early or late to help them develop the important literacy skills that will help him or her be successful in school. Research has shown that children who start Kindergarten ready to read are more likely to be successful readers and learners throughout their lives. There are 5 Practices that have been shown to help children develop these literacy skills: Reading, Talking, Writing, Playing and Singing.

Parents and caregivers are tremendous role models. Children learn best by doing-and they love doing thing with YOU! Here at the Library we have developed a fun, interactive worshop for adult caregivers and children based on the 5 Practices called “Rocking on the Road to Reading”. We want parents and caregivers to be aware of the importance of early literacy and show how much fun it can be. We have created fun, simple activities that you can do at home, in the car or at the doctor’s office. We want to help you and your child as you start “Rocking on the Road to Reading.”

Tuesday, April 17th 10:00am-11:30am at the 95th St. Library