West End
Neighborhood Library

"Into the Wild"

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012

Illustration of moviePlease join us for a screening of Into the Wild to be held Tuesday, November 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the large meeting room on the second floor.

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Includes hearing and playing with the smaller sounds of words and recognizing that words are made up of a number of different sounds.

Why Is It Important?
Children who can hear how words "come apart" into separate sounds will be more successful at "sounding out" words when they start to read.

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?

  • Sing songs. Most break words up into one syllable per note. Reading works with syllables also.
  • Recite rhymes. Rhymes depend upon ending sounds.
  • Play with tongue twisters.
  • Pick a sound for the day. Notice it at the beginning of words and at the end of words. A song game I found online is to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." (Catchy, huh?)

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Word
Twinkle, twinkle little word
What's the new word to be heard?
If I take off the first sound
What new word will now be found?
Take the /sh/ off shout
Now the new word sounds like
_________(out).
 
Twinkle, twinkle little word
What's the new word to be heard?
If I take off the last sound
What new word will now be found?
Take the /er/ off hammer
Now the new word sounds like
______(ham).

What other words can you use? Chair ... phone ...  trash ... The possibilities are endless.
 
Reading Resource is a really great website with lots of reading activities. The "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Word" song came from there.

Books We Read

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

LETTER KNOWLEDGE: includes knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing letter names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere.

Why Is It Important?
To read words, children need to understand that a word is made of individual letters in other words a word is the "sum of its parts." 

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?

Early Literacy Skill: Vocabulary

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

VOCABULARY: the stock of words used by or known to a particular people or group of persons.  It also includes understanding the meaning of the words. 

Why Is It Important?
It is much easier to decode the words on a page when it is a word you already know or have heard before.  Children with bigger vocabularies have an easier time when they start to read because they are able to put the content of reading into context. 

Children who understand what they are reading are more motivated to keep reading.

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?
• Talk with children in positive and conversational ways.

'Into the Wild' by Jon Krakauer

Published on Friday, November 2, 2012

"into the Wild" book coversThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. 

Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Print Awareness: Includes noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the written word on the page.

Why Is It Important?
Children have to be aware of words before they can read them. Children need to know how a book works, which page is the beginning and end, what is right-side up and how the English language is read, left to right. When kids are comfortable with the mechanics of the physical package of a book, they can focus on the decoding process of reading. 

What Can You Do to Help Build This Skill?
• Read board books that your child can handle on their own; let them turn the pages as you read together.
• Sometimes point to the words as you read.
• Talk about print, even when you are not reading together. Look for letters and words on signs and labels and lists.
• Point to the words in a book as you read.  The child needs to understand that you are reading the words and not the pictures. 
• Use rebus books, which use a picture in place of a word, so the kids can follow along while you read the words. This reinforces the direction text is read, demonstrates how text represents an object and engages them in the reading process. 

Books We Read:

"Ha ha can lead to aha!"--Arthur Koestler

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Picture of laughter yoga sessionCertified Professional Life Coach and Yoga Leader Diane Cohen will conduct a session on laughter yoga to be held in the large meeting room Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

"Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Image of Frankenstein monster holding an innocent childThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss Frankenstein, the gripping, spine-chilling classic by Mary Shelley. 

It is often seen as both the first modern horror novel and the first science fiction novel.  Copies are available at the reference desk.  Please join us.

Fun Fall Activities

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2012


virginia apple orchard   apple pickingapples





Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Print Motivation: Includes being interested in and enjoying books.

Why is it important?
Kids who enjoy books and reading will be motivated to be read to as well as learn to read themselves.  Motivation is key because learning to read is hard work!

Kids that have negative associations with reading are less motivated to read. 

It is important we make sure our children start to read and listen to books and stories from Day One so they have a good time with reading. 

What can you do to help build this skill?

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