Quality Resource: First 5 California

Talk. Read. Sing. It changes everything. Many states have initiatives geared towards early literacy however few are as interactive and easy-to-use as First 5 California. Plus, they link to the national site of zerotothree.org when their resources fit into the three categories of babies, toddlers, or preschoolers. First 5 uses three birds to encourage families to talk (Franco the talking parrot), read (Orson the reading owl), and sing (Melody the singing songbird) with their children. However, literacy is not their only focus as you’ll see by the menu options listed on the home page of learning center, activity center, health center, services + support, and free resources. Some of the resources I found most useful in a library or educational setting include: Downloadable books a First 5 CA playlist on Pandora Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in English and Spanish If you’re looking for a specific activity for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers, be sure to choose the group you’re interested in listed under “activities.” Comment below with any other state or national sites you enjoy using for early literacy activities! Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

The Power of Play

As an alumni of the College of Education and Human Development, within the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I receive every new issue of CEHD Connect (their magazine). This is one magazine I’m always happy to receive and look through eagerly. For April 2017, it was even more exciting because it was all about the power of play! Therefore, I wanted to share with all of you! Whether you are a caregiver, teacher, librarian, or any other figure within the life of a child, you’re sure to get something out of at least one of the articles. Use the link above if you’re interested in browsing the entire issue or the links below to arrive at specific articles. The Power of Play Play Lab Setting the Stage for Learning A Breath of Fresh Air If you’re a librarian interested in ways to make your library more engaging to babies and their families…I highly recommend checking out Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice by Debra J. Knoll. She does a great job explaining the ins and out of catering to babies, families, and your library environment. Lastly, I’ve made bookmarks to celebrate the power of play and […]

Quality Resource: PBS Kids

This post is short and sweet 🙂 On January 15th, PBS announced it was expanding access to PBS Kids! While there was already a great selection, it’s now even better! Check out their array of children’s educational media on your local PBS station or online through pbskids.org. After arriving at the website, click on “videos” and then “live TV” and you can watch your local station anytime, online. By clicking on “learn more” above the show you can even see the intended audience, the goal, and a description of the show. In addition, PBS Kids brings you videos, games, and shows suitable to most audiences. This site is a great option for “fun fridays” or other times students are using devices within a fun free time setting. It’s also a great thing to recommend to parents and families who may be wondering what is appropriate to use with their youngest children. Happy watching and interacting! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Miss Meg’s Storytime

Are you a children’s librarian, early childhood educator, parent of young children, or interested in becoming any of these? If you answered yes, this post is for you! Miss Meg offers a fresh perspective on library storytime and school-age programming through her website, missmegsstorytime.com. You’ll find a variety of topics complete with photos, booklists, and materials used. I first met Meg in Madison, WI, while we were both working toward our Master’s of Library and Information Studies. We soon became friends. Though we currently live on opposite sides of the U.S. of A., always fun to see what she’s up to through her website and social media. Check out missmegsstorytime.com to learn more and bring an idea into your community! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez