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Used with permission from [kajsa]Singing is an important pre-reading skill for kids to master, especially because of all the education benefits it provides. Singing slows down language so children can hear individual sounds and their differences. You're sounding out words with music!

Songs are also rich with new vocabulary, so children are constantly learning new words. Take traditional children's songs such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". How often do we use the words "twinkle" or "waterspout" in conversation? When you come across a new word, take the time to explain it and then keep on singing!

This month, make an effort to sing to your child everywhere--in the car, in the bathroom, at the park. Don't know how to start? Try at least one activity listed below:

  • Check out an audio CD at your local library! If you want some recommendations, check out some of our favorites here.
  • Sing the ABCs to a different tune. By singing the alphabet to the tune of "Mary had a Little Lamb", you actually break up the LMNOP sounds that usually get squished together. This way, kids can hear each distinct sound of the alphabet. Listen below. 
  • Attend storytime at your local library. Our storytimes are filled with stories and songs, and we'd love to teach you a new song. Check out our storytime offerings here.
  • Make a musical instrument! Plastic eggs can be filled with rice or beans and then securely closed to make shakers. An empty tissue box and some rubber bands can become a guitar. Two paper plates and some beans can transform into a tambourine. You're well on your way to making a family band.
  • Create your own silly songs! Pick a favorite tune and rewrite the words or just create your own tune. Everyone will be laughing as you play with language. Smiles all around, plus you'll have fond memories of your time spent singing.

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Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs -- YUM YUM!
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green and speckled frogs.

Original idea taken from Librarian vs Storytime.

You can find your own clip art frogs or use these: fivegreenandspeckledfrogs.pdf

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Not sure what to give to the children on your holiday list this year? You can't go wrong with books!

Here are some of our favorites gift choices for children birth to five years.

Board Books (0-2 years)

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Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton. Movement and sound come together in this fun farmyard frolic.


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 If you have concerns about your young child's development, contact our county's Early Intervention staff for guidance and referrals for services like speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

 Timely assistance will made a big difference.


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I'm a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky  In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.

Gobble, Gobble by Cathryn Falwell  A child observes wild turkeys through the seasons.

Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr  The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.

10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves  Ten turkeys performing circus acts block a country road, much to the frustration of an angry farmer in a pick-up truck who tries to shoo them.


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Mother Goose Time booklet
Looking for some nursery rhymes for your little one? Look no further!

We've put together a handy Mother Goose Time booklet full of rhymes and fingerplays you can do with your child. Take a look at it! There are lots of old favorites and some new ones too. 

Pick one up at your library, or print it out and take it with you.