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Wednesday
Mar262014

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for April 2014

Thanks to the wonderful folks in the Youth Services Department of the West Chicago Public Library for sharing their Early Literacy Activities Calendar with us each month. Here's a bunch of easy, creative ideas for how during the month of April you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. 

April 1: Name four things that rhyme with "bunny."

April 2: Fiesta de Cuentos Storytime at 4:30 p.m. at the West Chicago Public Library.

April 3: Take a nature walk together, talking about what you see.

April 4: Read a book about feelings.

April 5: Suggest that your child move like different animals.

April 6: Blue week: Look for things that are blue this week.

April 7: Have your child draw a picture while you prepare dinner.

April 8: Read a favorite book.

April 9: Find things around the house that begin with the letter "M."

April 10: Have your child pick out something blue to wear today.

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Spring Guide 2014: Lambs at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

I've gone on record saying how much I love Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. How could you not? It's got charm, it's got history, it is open year-round, you can drop by whenever fits your family and it's free!

Photo courtesy of Kline Creek Farm.

Kline Creek Farm, which started as a log-cabin homestead in the 1830s, is part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. It’s a living-history farm that seeks to depict everyday life as it was on that actual farm but also hundreds of similar farms in DuPage County in the 1890s. 

Of course family farms in the 1890s had animals, so at Kline Creek you can see horses, sheep, cattle and chickens.

Right now, you can also see newborn lambs that have joined the flock of Southdown sheep. Several more ewes are expected to give birth over the coming weeks.

Visitors may see the lambs and talk with staff and volunteers about their care during the farm’s normal hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Outbuildings, including the sheepfold, close at 4:30 p.m. (The farm is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)

“Sometimes mom can do everything on her own, but our staff and volunteers are at the ready this time of year to intervene if needed for a successful birth,” says Keith McClow, manager of Kline Creek Farm. “We’re always ready to share the historical perspective with visitors, too, so they learn how lambs provide income for farmers and what it takes to raise them.”
The flock will take center stage during the “Sheep Shearing” weekend April 26 and 27. 
So plan a trip to Kline Creek Farm one nice day this spring. You won't regret it!

 

Monday
Mar032014

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for March 2014

Thanks to the wonderful folks in the Youth Services Department of the West Chicago Public Library for sharing their Early Literacy Activities Calendar with us each month. Here's a bunch of easy, creative ideas for how during the month of March you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. 

Photo by Enokson on Flickr.

March 1: Draw a simple shape on paper and have your child copy it.

March 2: Point out the first letter of your child's name. See how many you can spot today. 

March 3: See how many words you can think of that rhyme with cat.

March 4: Play "I Spy" and see how many circles you can find today.

March 5: Throw a blanket over a table and read together underneath.

March 6: Bring out the pots and pans and have a kitchen "band."

March 7: Count the houses on your block. See how high you can go.

March 8: Play a game of peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek.

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Sunday
Feb022014

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for February 2014

Thanks to the wonderful folks in the Youth Services Department of the West Chicago Public Library for sharing their Early Literacy Activities Calendar with us each month. Here's a bunch of easy, creative ideas for how you can encourage an early love of reading in your child during February.

Feb. 1: Use a flashlight or lamp to create hand shadows on the wall.
Feb. 2: Talk about the weather: Was the groundhog's prediction right?
Feb. 3: Visit your library today.
Feb. 4: See how many rectangles you can spot together today.
Feb. 5: Count the houses on your block - what colors are they?
Feb. 6: Have a "TV Turnoff" Day -- read or play games instead.
Feb. 7: Read a wordless book together and make up a story about the pictures.
Feb. 8: Come to the "Super Science Saturday" at 10 a.m. at the West Chicago Public Library.
Photo by Enokson on Flickr.
Feb. 9: Let your child help you make a grocery list today.
Feb. 10: How many "V's" can you find today?
Feb. 11: Draw some hears and let your child color them.
Feb. 12: How many red things can you spot today?
Feb. 13: Read a Valentine book together.
Feb. 14: Make a paper Valentine together; let your child dictate a message.
Feb. 15: Come to Wiggle Worms Music and Playtime today at the West Chicago Public Library at 10:45 a.m.
Feb. 16: Sing a favorite song, clapping the rhythm together.
Feb. 17: Read a book about presidents today.
Feb. 18: Count how many steps you take around the house.
Feb. 19: Give your child a pad and pencil and layout a "restaurant" together.
Feb. 20: Find a picture of George Washington and talk about him.
Feb. 21: Read a nursery rhyme together.
Feb. 22: Read a rhyming book together.
Feb. 23: See how many circles you can spot together.
Feb. 24: Sit quietly by the window and talk about what you see.
Feb. 25: Visit your library today.
Feb. 26: Play dress up with your child while talking about who or what she is.
Feb. 27: Read a favorite book together; can your child tell you the story?
Feb. 28: Look at a calendar and count how many Thursdays are in a year.
 
Thursday
Jan022014

Early Literacy Activities Calendar for January 2014

Thanks to the wonderful folks in the Youth Services Department of the West Chicago Public Library for sharing their Early Literacy Activities Calendar with us each month. Here's a bunch of easy, creative ideas for how during the month of January you can encourage an early love of reading in your child. 

Jan. 1: Happy New Year! Resolve to raise a reader in 2014.

Jan. 2: Laminate a set of holiday photos and create a matching game.

Jan. 3: Show your child how to create a snowflake from a coffee filter.

Jan. 4: Visit your library to sign up for a winter reading club.

Jan. 5: Read a rhyming book together.

Jan. 6: Narrate what you're doing as you make lunch or dinner. 

Jan. 7: Grab a flashlight and read a book under the covers.

Jan. 8: Make a tunnel using blankets, boxes or chairs. Go on a stuffed animal "hunt."

Jan. 9: Make a list of places you are going today. Check them off as you go. 

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