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Fingerplay Fun Friday: Pease Porridge Hot!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-02-07 10:00
Here is an old Mother Goose rhyme that introduces kids to the concepts of hot and cold: Pease Porridge Hot

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.


I like this one because it does a nice job of describing the opposites hot and cold.  When children understand how opposites work, they begin to see how one thing can have different qualities.  The porridge (or oatmeal) can be hot or it can be cold.  We use the adjectives "hot" and "cold" to describe or attribute specific qualities of heat to the object "porridge".

Kids who have a broad understanding of adjectives and opposites have an easier time making sense out of what they read once they begin learning.  Knowing the names of opposites helps them to make guesses, as well.

When you share books with your child, try taking a little extra time to describe the pictures on the page.  Use as many different words as you can to describe the objects and ask your kids to help describe.  You don't even need a book to help your child learn more adjectives and opposite words.  Simply describe the things you see throughout your day.

There are many excellent picture books that help kids master the concepts of opposite.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Title: Big Dog... Little Dog
Author: P.D. Eastman
Find this book at your library

Fred and Ted are best friends who are very different.  This delightful book uses a humorous story to introduce kids to opposite concepts.

Title: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Author: Steve Jenkins
Find this book at your library

The animal kingdom is explored with an eye to extremes.  While not an "opposite" book, the author does a nice job of including the opposing superlatives.
Title: Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
Author: Sandra Boynton
Find this book at your library

Dinosaur lovers will enjoy this prehistoric book of opposites!
Title: Tall
Author: Jez Alborough
Find this book at your library

The concepts of tall and small are on display as a lovable and small chimp becomes tall with the help of friends!
Title: You and Me: We're Opposites
Author: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Ethan Long
Find this book at your library

Zoo animals tell each other how their opposites.

Intercambio/Language Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Thu, 2014-02-06 18:30
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: Learning Spanish? Need someone to practice your conversation skills with? Stop by and practice with native Spanish speakers, or others learning Spanish!¿Está aprendiendoinglés? ¿Necesita con quien conversar? Acompáñenos cada jueves para platicar conpersonas que hablan el inglés.

Libraries Closing Early - 2/6/14

News & Events - Thu, 2014-02-06 16:50
Due to the weather, the following libraries will close early today:

CLEL Bell Awards Announced!!

WCCLS Kids - Thu, 2014-02-06 15:10
The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announced the winners of their Bell Picture Book Awards this morning!!

These awards have been given to recognize five picture books from 2013 that provide excellent support for early literacy development in children around five key practices: Read, Talk, Sing, Write and Play.

Without any further ado, here are the 2014 CLEL Bell Awards!!!
(click on each title to see Early Literacy Activity Ideas from CLEL)

Title: Open This Little Book
Author: Jesse Klausmeier
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Find this book at your library

"Readers open the cover to discover five characters, each with their own little book, all within the pages of the first. Open This Little Book celebrates the pleasures of reading, sharing stories, and having a book of your own."
- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Moo!Author: David LaRochelleIllustrator: Mike WohnoutkaFind this book at your library
"A very vocal cow commandeers the farmer’s car and sets off on an adventure. The entire story is told with just two words: Moo! and Baa! The speech bubbles and the very limited vocabulary help children make the critical connection between the words we say and the print on the page."- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Nighty-Night, CooperAuthor: Laura NumeroffIllustrator: Lynn MunsingerFind this book at your library
"A small kangaroo requests song after song to help him fall asleep, and his mother obliges by making up her own words to familiar tunes. Singing songs together is a powerful way to build phonological awareness skills and vocabulary, and Nighty-Night, Cooper models how a parent can use songs to create a comforting bedtime routine with a child."-Synopsis by CLELTitle: Things I Can DoAuthor: Jeff MackFind this book at your library
"Hand-written text and exuberant collages illustrate this story of a boy who takes great pride in his accomplishments. Reading skills and writing skills develop together, and the format of The Things I Can Do invites children to see themselves as authors as well as readers."- Synopsis by CLELTitle: Niño Wrestles the WorldAuthor: Yuyi MoralesFind this book at your library
"Niño takes on all the toys in his room with an amazing series of lucha libre wrestling moves. When his sisters wake up from their nap, they challenge him to a match, too! Who will be victorious? Niño Wrestles the World joyfully demonstrates the language-rich, open-ended play that contributes to a child’s narrative skills."- Synopsis by CLEL

Sesión de Ayuda para Computación en Español

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:00
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Beaverton City Library: Computer classroom: Sesión de ayuda individual paracomputación en español para personas que tienen preguntas de computación básicao necesitan aprender aspectos básicos sobre computación.Nosotros podremos ayudar con: Habilidades básicas de computación Procesador de palabras Correo electrónico Habilidades básicas de búsqueda en InternetLa sesión tendrá lugar en el Salón de Computación en elsegundo piso de la biblioteca. Gratuito y abierto al público. No necesitaregistrarse.iSean bienvenidos a cualquier hora entre 6:00 p.m. y 7:30p.m. para ayuda individual en español!

Sesión de Ayuda para Computación en Español

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-05 19:00
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - Beaverton City Library: 2nd floor computer classroom: Sesión de ayuda individual para computación en español parapersonas que tienen preguntas de computación básica o necesitan aprenderaspectos básicos sobre computación. Nosotros podremos ayudar con:Habilidades básicas de computaciónProcesador de palabrasCorreo electrónicoHabilidades básicas de búsqueda en Internet iSean bienvenidos a cualquier hora entre 6:00 p.m. y 7:30p.m. para ayuda individual en español!La sesión tendrá lugar en el Salón de Computación en el segundopiso de la biblioteca. Gratuito y abierto al público. No necesita registrarse.

Clases de computación para principiantes (Event canceled)

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-05 18:30
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: ¿Quiere aprendercómo usar la computadora? ¡Venga a nuestras clases de computación paraprincipiantes! Cada semana se toca diferente tema. Aprenda lo básico de la computadora,como abrir y guardar archivos, cómo navegar el internet y hacer búsquedas, cómocrear una cuenta de correo electrónico, e introducción a Microsoft Word. Las clases se repiten cada 5 semanas.

Computer Help/Taller Libre (Event canceled)

Servicios y programas en Español - Wed, 2014-02-05 17:00
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Cornelius Public Library: Computer help in Spanish or English. Do you need basic computer help? Want to learn more about specific programs? We can help! Free and open to the public, no registration required. Help is available from 4-5:30pm in Spanish or English. Sesión de ayuda individual para computación en español o ingles para personas que tienen preguntas de computación básica o necesitan aprender aspectos básicos sobre computación. Gratuito y abierto al público. No necesita registrarse.iSean bienvenidos entre las 4-5:30pm para ayuda individual en español o ingles!

Cuentos en español / Spanish Storytime

Servicios y programas en Español - Tue, 2014-02-04 19:30
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM: Ven a escuchar cuentos que fomentán las habilidades de alfabetización temprana. Las horas de cuentos están gratis y se llevarán en el Centro Acuático (Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room #2)./ Come listen to stories that will encourage early literacy skills. Storytimes are free of charge, and are located in the Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center, in Multipurpose Room #2, during the Shute Park Library's closure.

Diversión a las 4

Servicios y programas en Español - Tue, 2014-02-04 17:00
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Biblioteca de la ciudad de forest grove: ¡Manualidades y Legos gratis para todas edades! En la area infantil de la biblioteca. Niños menores de 10 años deben estar acompañados por un adulto.

Use the Tigard Library? Fill in their annual survey

News & Events - Mon, 2014-02-03 20:08
The Tigard Public Library is doing their annual survey. It asks for users to rate customer service throughout the library, and asks if people have used the library for job searches, among other questions.

Please fill in the survey online here. Paper surveys will also be available at the library from Sunday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 15th.

The Tigard Library director, Margaret Barnes, says, “Our survey is a way to touch base with citizens periodically. Over the years their responses have been crucial in helping us customize library services to meet the needs of the community. Now that we are closed on Thursdays, it is particularly important to ask for feedback.”

Intercambio / Language Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Mon, 2014-02-03 20:00
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Tualatin Public Library: Practice your English or Spanish conversation skills and help others learn in a welcoming environment. Meets in the community room. Ages 16+.Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable.

Tax help at WCCLS libraries

News & Events - Mon, 2014-02-03 12:00
Tax season is upon us, and we have compiled a page of resources to help you get through it.

You'll find our information page at wccls.org/taxhelp. The page includes a list of which WCCLS member libraries will be distributing federal tax forms. (Remember that the state no longer distributes printed forms to libraries.)

We also include links to where you can download state and federal forms, as well as links to information about ordering printed forms from the state or federal governments.

Need assistance filing your taxes? The AARP's Tax Aide program may be able to help. They have locations throughout Washington County, and many are at WCCLS libraries. Our tax page links to the Tax Aide program locator, which will provide you with details and contact information.

Good luck!

Hora de cuentos en español para niños

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 16:00
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM - Beaverton City Library: Todos los sábadosdel 11 de enero al 15 de marzo a las 3:00p.m. ven a la sala de cuentos para niños enla Biblioteca de la Ciudad deBeaverton y participa en cuentos, rimas ycanciones. Para niños de 2 a 5 añosES GRATUITO! NO NECESITAS REGISTRARTE!

Intro a las computadoras

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 14:00
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Hillsboro Main Library: Conozca la computadora, el ratón, y el teclado en esta clase básica participativa. Perfecta para el principiante, esta clase se repite el primer Sábado del mes.

Hora de Cuentos en Español

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 13:00
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Cornelius Public Library: ¡Pase una hora divertida con cuentos, canciones, y rimas para toda la familia! ¡Colorín Colorado…Nos veremos el sábado!La hora de Cuentos es patrocinado por los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de Cornelius.Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 10am a 7pm; Sábado de 10am a 5pm; Domingo de 12pm a 5pmBiblioteca Pública de Cornelius1355 N. Barlow St.503-357-4093www.cornelius.ci.or.us/library

Intercambio / Exchange

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 11:30
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Hillsboro Main Library: Practice English or Spanish and help others learn in a friendly atmosphere. Beginners welcome! Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. ¡Están bienvenidos los principiantes!

Intercambio: Español / Inglés. Grupos de Conversación.

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 11:00
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Beaverton City Library: ¿Quiere mejorar su inglés? iEntonces venga a uno de nuestrosgrupos de conversación! No es una clase sino una oportunidad para platicar ymejorar su inglés mientras ayuda a hablantes de inglés a mejorar su español.Nuestros grupos son totalmente gratuitos. No necesita registrarse.

Actividades de Descubrimiento para la Niñez Temprana

Servicios y programas en Español - Sat, 2014-02-01 11:00
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Biblioteca de la ciudar de forest grove: ¡Venga con sus niños de 18 meses hasta 6 años de edad para compartir con juguetes y libros especiales, conocer otros padres y madres y ayudar a su niño en su crecimiento! Visítenos entre 10am-12pm durante estos sábados: 14 deciembre Amigos de la Granja 21 deciembre Diversión con las Formas 4 enero Vamos a Volar 11 enero Cosas que Van 25 enero Comida Divertida 1 febrero Dinosaurios 15 febrero Mi Mundo y yo 22 febrero Animales

Fingerplay Fun Friday: Jack Be Nimble!

WCCLS Kids - Fri, 2014-01-31 10:00
This week's rhyme is presented as a three-for-one: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
the candle stick

Jack jump high
Jack jump low
Jack jump over
And burn his toe!


I like this one because it shows a perfect example how a rhyme can be shared in many different ways.

In the video, I share it as:

  1. A baby lap-bounce 
  2. A fingerplay using American Sign Language
  3. A full-body action rhyme

Just because your child grows into a new stage of development, you don't need to throw out all of your old rhymes.  In fact, you can modify rhymes to suit the age and development of your child.  Just as many words have different meanings, rhymes can take on different forms.  Children who have playful experiences with different meanings and ways of doing things will have an easier time adapting and comprehending what they read once they begin learning.

Languages are extremely complex.  Idioms are a great example of how meaning can be quite elastic.  When a new reader encounters the sentence "it is raining cats and dogs," they will be extremely confused unless they have previously heard the idiom.

When we show kids how to play with language & generate different outcomes, we help them build the flexibility they will need to succeed academically!
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