Need a little help or motivation to complete your special knitting or crochet project? Join our small group of knitters and crocheters at 2:00 p.m. in the small meeting room of the West End Library on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
The West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss individual favorites or recently read works, fiction or nonfiction.Each person will have 5-10 minutes to speak and share likes/dislikes about any particular title of interest and to recommend it or not. Refreshments will be served.
On Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., stop by your neighborhood library to watch the newly released film Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and more of your favorite actors. Popcorn will be provided.
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 WordTwinkle, twinkle little wordWhat's the new word to be heard?If I take off the first soundWhat new word will now be found?Take the /sh/ off shoutNow the new word sounds like_________(out). Twinkle, twinkle little wordWhat's the new word to be heard?If I take off the last soundWhat new word will now be found?Take the /er/ off hammerNow 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
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."