Audio and video tagged as "early literacy"

Creating Young Readers: At the Grocery Store

July 29, 2014
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(2 min, 52 sec)
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Find out how you can encourage early literacy skills-- reading, writing, talking, singing and playing-- during everyday activities, like a visit to the grocery store. Read more...

Bubbles with Blue

May 24, 2010
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(2 min, 34 sec)
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Join us for storytime at the library, with a special performance of "Bubbles in the Air" by Blue the puppet. If you sing loud enough and wish really hard, something magic can happen! Read more...

The Mitten

January 12, 2009
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(3 min, 39 sec)
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Peter's mother gives him brand new mittens. When Peter goes outside into the woods, he loses one of the mittens. Peter doesn't notice the lost mitten but several animals do. They think they've found the perfect home until something unexpected happens! Read more...

One Potato, Two Potato / Una papa, dos papas

September 8, 2008
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(1 min, 3 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether you say it in English or Español (Spanish), you can improve your child's counting skills with this carbo-loaded rhyme. Read more...

Thank You / Gracias

September 1, 2008
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(42 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether it is said in English or Español (Spanish), hearing "thank you" is always appreciated. Read more...

How Many People in Your Family? / ¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia?

August 25, 2008
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(41 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether you say this rhyme in English or Español (Spanish), it's nice to know that you can always "count" on your family. Read more...

Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall

August 18, 2008
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(58 sec)
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Humpty Dumpty really had "egg on his face" after this happened. Watch the kingdom "scramble" to help him when his story is recreated on the flannel board. Read more...

Taller, Smaller / Altísimo, pequeñísimo

August 11, 2008
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(38 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether you say this rhyme in English or Español (Spanish), use big gestures to help convey the concept of size to your child. Read more...

Hey Diddle Diddle

August 4, 2008
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(54 sec)
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What happens when a dog, a cat and a gifted cow decide to party together? Watch and find out, all while improving your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Where is Thumbkin / ¿Dónde está Pulgarcito?

July 28, 2008
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(28 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether this song is sung in English or Español (Spanish), one thing seems clear: thumbs are very polite! Read more...

Little Boy Blue

July 21, 2008
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(1 min, 11 sec)
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It's hard to find good help these days. On the flannel board, watch a young shepherd during one of his less-than-inspiring moments. Read more...

Grandpa's Glasses / Los lentes de mis abuelitos

July 14, 2008
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(23 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether this rhyme in said in English or Español (Spanish), it is a fun way to learn a little bit of etiquette. Read more...

Three Little Pigs

July 7, 2008
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(4 min, 55 sec)
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This story (recreated on the flannel board by librarian Kelsey Coulter) not only helps improve your child's early literacy skills, it also demonstrates the importance of getting a good contractor and some homeowners insurance. Read more...

Hickory Dickory Dock

June 30, 2008
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(40 sec)
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Time stands still for no mouse! Watch the critter's brief journey up the grandfather clock recreated on the flannel board. Read more...

Humpty Dumpty

June 23, 2008
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(30 sec | 2-part series)
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Whether this rhyme is said in English or Spanish (Español), one simple truth still remains: eggs and walls don't mix. Read more...

Five Little Babies Learning to Go Potty

June 18, 2008
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(3 min, 13 sec)
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Oh, if only all babies were this self-motivated during potty training! Share this flannel board story with your child and see if it inspires her or him. Read more...

Rice with Milk / Arroz con Leche

June 9, 2008
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(52 sec | 2-part series)
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Why is rice pudding referred to in this rhyme? Perhaps it is because the two main ingredients marry each other so sweetly. Whatever your interpretation, say this rhyme in either English or Español (Spanish). Read more...

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

June 2, 2008
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(3 min, 9 sec)
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Watch a librarian bring this traditional song to life by combining two things children love: playing with flannel boards and making animal noises! Read more...

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes / Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y dedos

May 26, 2008
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(33 sec | 2-part series)
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This energetic song helps children improve their minds and their bodies. Sing it in either English or Español (Spanish). Read more...

Are You Sleeping / ¿Fray Felipe, Fray Felipe?

May 19, 2008
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(28 sec | 2-part series)
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Help your little one ring in a new day by singing this song in either English or Español (Spanish). Read more...

Five Little Ducks

May 8, 2008
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(1 min, 4 sec)
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Although the mama duck in this song probably doesn't appreciate her brood's disappearing act, your child will, all while improving her/his early literacy skills. Read more...

Hokey Pokey

April 28, 2008
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(1 min, 15 sec)
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What if the Hokey Pokey is what it's all about? Something to ponder while singing this song and improving your child's early literact skills. Read more...

This is the Way the Ladies Ride

April 21, 2008
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(17 sec)
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What sound does a baby make when it's horseback riding? Find out with this bouncy rhyme, all while helping your child with early literacy skills. Read more...

Rima de Chocolate (Chocolate Rhyme)

April 14, 2008
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(16 sec)
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No matter where you're from, everyone speaks the language of chocolate! Whether you learn this rhyme in English or Español (Spanish), you'll be helping your child with early literacy skills. Read more...

If You're Happy and You Know It

March 31, 2008
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(40 sec)
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You'll be happy and you'll know it when you sing this fun song, all while helping to improve your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

March 24, 2008
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(23 sec)
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It's time to rock-and-roll— in a boat, that is. The repeating words found in this song will help improve your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Five Fat Peas

March 17, 2008
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(19 sec)
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Sometimes, being like "peas in a pod" can be too close for comfort, as demonstrated by this charming rhyme. Read more...

Three Little Kittens

February 25, 2008
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(56 sec)
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Illustrate why it is important to keep track of one's winter accessories, all while helping your child with her/his early literacy skills. Read more...

Three Green and Speckled Frogs

February 18, 2008
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(52 sec)
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It is a very good day for the three frogs featured in this song. Read more...

On Top of Spaghetti

February 11, 2008
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(38 sec)
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Not only does this song illustrate the importance of installing sneeze-guards in pasta bars, singing it also helps to improve your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

This Little Piggy

February 4, 2008
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(16 sec)
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Put your finger dexterity to the test while you say this rhyme (about five very different piggies) with your child. Read more...

The Muffin Man

January 28, 2008
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(21 sec)
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When the Cupcake Man just won't do, sing this song with your child instead. Read more...

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

January 28, 2008
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(24 sec)
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Recite this rhyme (about a very obedient teddy bear) with your child, helping to improve her/his early literacy skills. Read more...

Here's a Ball (Traditional)

January 14, 2008
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(12 sec)
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Have a ball (actually three!) while helping your child with both counting skills and early literacy skills. Read more...

Where is Thumbkin?

January 7, 2008
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(1 min, 25 sec)
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Demonstrate just how polite fingers and thumbs can be, all while improving your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Baa, Baa Black Sheep

December 31, 2007
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(47 sec)
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Sing two choruses of this song (about a very generous sheep) with your child. Read more...

Are You Sleeping?

December 10, 2007
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(20 sec)
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A child doesn't have to be sleepy to find this song rousing. Read more...

This is the Way We Clap Our Hands

December 3, 2007
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(55 sec)
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This is a great song to sing as you and your child get ready in the morning. Read more...

The Farmer in the Dell

November 19, 2007
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(1 min, 7 sec)
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This is a great song to sing if you have more than one child, four years or older. Read more...

Itsy Bitsy Spider

November 12, 2007
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(17 sec)
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Use the rhyming words in this song (about a very resilient spider) to help your child develop early literacy skills. Read more...

I'm a Little Teapot

November 5, 2007
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(24 sec)
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Use the rhyming words in this song to help your child with early literacy skills. Read more...

The Tortoise and the Hare

October 22, 2007
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(6 min, 6 sec)
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A tortoise demonstrates why slow and steady wins the race, while helping to increase your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Grey Squirrel

October 15, 2007
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(18 sec)
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You and your child will enjoy this "tail" about a gray squirrel. Sing along! Read more...

Baby Bumblebee

October 8, 2007
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(47 sec)
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Learn why it's a good idea for baby bumblebees to behave themselves, all while reinforcing your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

Mary Had a Little Lamb

October 1, 2007
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(58 sec)
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Lambs may be disruptive at school but they can make for some bouncy fun at home, as demonstrated by this classic song. Read more...

The Lion and the Mouse

September 24, 2007
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(3 min, 16 sec)
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There are many lessons to learn from this tale, where a small mouse helps a big, ferocious lion— telling it will improve your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

September 17, 2007
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(15 sec)
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Help your child with counting and his/her early literacy skills with this fun rhyme. Read more...

Two Little Blackbirds

September 10, 2007
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(16 sec)
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Pretend your thumbs are little blackbirds, all while practicing early literacy skills with your child. Read more...

I Clap My Hands

August 20, 2007
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(29 sec)
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As you say the following rhyme, have your child act out the motions, or do them too! Read more...

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

August 13, 2007
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(18 sec)
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Help your child learn the parts of the body with this fun song. Read more...

Bingo

August 6, 2007
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(1 min, 20 sec)
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Clap along as you sing this song and help your child with early literacy skills. Read more...

Open Them, Shut Them

July 13, 2007
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(28 sec)
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This is a fun rhyme to do several times in a row with your toddler, each time getting a little bit faster. Read more...

Early Childhood Literacy: 6 Skills

July 13, 2007
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(6 min, 59 sec)
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For the majority of children, reading is not an easily acquired skill but one which takes work and practice. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they actually start school. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Read more...

ABCs (Alphabet Song)

July 7, 2007
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(25 sec)
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Help your child learn the letters of the alphabet with this classic song. Read more...

Five Little Monkeys

June 30, 2007
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(1 min, 8 sec)
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Learn why it's never a good idea to allow monkeys to jump on a bed— all while helping to improve your child's early literacy skills. Read more...

How Children Learn the Meaning of Words

June 18, 2007
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(56 min, 24 sec | 5-part series)
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Learning a new language can be difficult enough on its own. Now imagine what it must be like for a baby, who has no understanding of the connection between words, objects and people. Read more...