Early Literacy Newsletter
What is Early Literacy? Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. There are six early literacy skills that parents can incorporate into their children's daily life. These six skills are: Vocabulary, Print Motivation, Print Awareness, Narrative Skills, Phonological Awareness, and Letter Knowledge. More detailed information about these six skills is available at http://multcolib.org/birthtosix/elitskills.html/

You can help your baby, toddler and preschooler learn important skills now so they can become good readers. There are many simple and fun ways to do this. We invite you to bring your child to Library storytimes, which utilize research-based techniques to build early literacy skills. This newsletter will help you extend storytime benefits by including book-related fingerplays, crafts, and other activities.

This issue features the literacy skill known as Phonological Awareness. This is the ability to hear and play with similar sounds in words, which helps children sound out written words as they begin to read. You can foster your child's phonological awareness skills by reading stories that rhyme, Mother Goose rhymes, poetry, books with animal and other types of sounds, and songs in book format. Below are a few books that contain rhyming text.


Bark Park Listen Listen Red Sled
Listen, Listen
Scoot Monster Mess Little Blue Truck

Monster Mess!

Reserve this book

Little Blue Truck
All Aboard the Dinotrain Wheres My Mom Late For School

All Aboard the Dinotrain

Reserve this book

Where's My Mom?

Reserve this book

Late for School!

Reserve this book

Fingerplays for Your Toddler and Preschoolers

Here is a mitten, (hold up one hand)

a snug, fuzzy one, (rub palms together)

with a place for my fingers (wiggle four fingers)

and a place for my thumb. (wiggle thumb)

Here are two mittens, (hold up two hands)

a colorful sight. (move hands back and forth)

One for the left hand (hold up left hand)

And one for the right. (hold up right hand)

I'm a windshield wiper

(bend arm at elbow and hold fingers up)

This is how I go

(swing arm back and forth)

Sometimes I go fast, sometimes I go slow

(faster, slower motions)

in the rain and snow.

Fun Rhyming Games


I spy


Another way to promote phonological awareness is to play rhyming games. "I Spy" can be played while looking at books and pictures, while walking or in the car. It works like this: "I spy with my little eye something you put on over your sock and rhymes with blue." "Shoe!"

  Or can you make up your own rhyming riddles. For example: "I am thinking of where you sleep.

It rhymes with red." "Bed"!

If you are using a book to play, "I Spy," be sure to name some of the things in a picture and ask your child to

repeat the names.

Snowman Craft
To make a paper plate snowman, first take two or three paper plates. They can all be the same or different sizes. Connect the plates with a fastener, glue or tape. Decorate the snowman with construction paper cut out into shapes of mitten, boots, twigs, eyeballs or buttons. You can also find items in your house and yard that might be fun to glue onto the plates. Hang it in your window to show all your friends!
For Babies and Toddlers
A delightful way to enhance your baby/toddler's phonological awareness is to sing songs together. Music can reinforce learning and singing words can help your child learn to read the words later. Here are some examples of familiar songs in picture book format and CDs from our collection.
knick knack old macdonald skip to my lou
Quiet time Hap Palmer Steve
Books for Babies
The Library offers a special bag, containing new children's cardboard books and a parenting book, for parents of newborns.  These Books for Babies bags are for babies from birth to six months old and for Lake Oswego Residents only.  Funding for Books for Babies is provided by the Friends of the Library.  Parents can request a bag at the Library check out desk.  For information, please call 503-675-2538. books for babies photo