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Erlanger Staff Favorite: Part 2

Recently, Erlanger staff had a fun competition where they anonymously submitted their five favorite books of all time, then tried to guess which books matched with which staff member. Here are a few of their favorites, including some favorite quotes and why they love the books on their lists. Look for the display near the entrance of the Erlanger Library to check out some of these books for yourself! Chris Walters, Library Associate The Lord of the Rings trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien Why I love it: The most involved epic story ever. LOTR has all the trappings of the hero's journey within an incredibly detailed world with history, verse, and wonderful characters. More to discover every time you read it. Favorite quote: "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - Gandalf The Stand – Stephen King Why I love it: While The Dark Tower series has its tendrils in King's entire catalog, this book still comes out on top as my favorite by the author. The opening half concerning the spread of the plague and the fall of civilization is amazing in its storytelling. Favorite quote: “Under the California desert and subsidized by the taxpayers' money, someone had finally invented a chain letter that really worked. A very lethal chain letter.” The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series – Douglas Adams Why I love it: Strange, irreverent, full of satire and consistently hilarious. Favorite quote: “One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|Comments Off on Erlanger Staff Favorite: Part 2

Erlanger Staff Favorites: Part 1

Recently, Erlanger staff had a fun competition where they anonymously submitted their five favorite books of all time, then tried to guess which books matched with which staff member. Here are a few of their favorites, including some favorite quotes and why they love the books on their lists. Look for the display near the entrance of the Erlanger Library to check out some of these books for yourself! Hannah Ash, Library Associate The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Why I love it: I fell in love with this book while reading it during my junior year of high school. Normally, I'm the odd type who enjoys reading the books teachers assign, but this one is, and I believe will be for quite a while, my favorite book. Favorite quote: “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” Turtles All the Way Down - John Green Why I love it: Reading this book, I didn't want it to end. It was a wonderful story to keep my mind going. I related to the main character more than I ever had in any other novel. Favorite quote: “It’s a weird phrase in English, in love, like it’s a sea you drown in or a town you live in. You don’t get to be in anything else—in friendship or in anger or in hope. All you can be in is love.” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Johnathan Safran Foer  Why I love it: I read this novel in my sophomore year of college, and immediately fell in love with it. This was the first realistic/historical fiction novel that I truly enjoyed, and it sparked my love for novels of those genres. Favorite quote: [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post|1 Comment

Capturing Attention While Reading Aloud

The question I get asked the most by early childhood educators is, "How do you hold their attention when reading aloud?" While easy to answer, the skill takes a lot of practice. The best way to capture a young child's attention with reading is to enjoy reading aloud. Regardless of what you are reading, children as young as infants recognize that you are focusing your attention on them. They observe you sitting calmly and hear the variations in your voice. They are watching your facial expressions and your non-verbal movements. All of this information is being processed in the child's brain. The attention you give to a child when you read aloud activates the reward center of their brain, causing them to want to repeat the experience. So chose a book that you enjoy reading and let the kids watch you have fun with it!

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on Capturing Attention While Reading Aloud

Using a Visual Schedule

Even though three to five-year-olds can't read, they are still eager to know what's going to happen. Try using a visual schedule to keep preschoolers focused and on task. When kids take ownership of checking off activities, they are more engaged in every facet. Here are some simple pictures I use to keep kids engaged during storytime.

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on Using a Visual Schedule

HOW TO: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” Rhyme Tool

SUPPLIES: empty paper towel roll 3 pieces of cardstockdark blue light blue brown frog print off glue stick ruler scissors pencil 2 paperclips   STEPS: take the dark blue card stock sheet and lay it down on your work station “landscape”. Then take the ruler and make a mark every two inches, you want to create five columns. From the top to the bottom draw a straight line for guided cutting. Do the same for the light blue and brown cardstock sheets. PDF for the frogs I used: Five Green Speckled Frogs On the light blue cardstock, between the newly drawn lines take creative liberty and draw a wave across the page. It can be one continuous wave, or 5 small waves that all look the same. On the brown card stock, go up about two inches and cut lengthwise along the paper, you should have 2-inches x 2-inches brown squares. Cut out all the green frogs, waves, and blue strips. Take the blue strips and make a small glue strip on one of the ends, fold it over (without creasing), it should make a teardrop shape. Repeat step for all 5 strips. Starting from the middle of the rounded edge, glue a brown square on each of the 5 teardrops. From there, glue a frog on top of the brown square. Flipping the teardrop over you want to put the wave on the opposite side, make it flush with the square part of the teardrop, where you glued it together earlier in step 5. Your teardrops are now ready for the tube, simply slide each one on, putting a paperclip on each end between uses to ensure all pieces stay together.   Written by: Teresa [...]

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on HOW TO: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” Rhyme Tool

Too Cold Out? Try This!

The temperature is dropping, making it difficult for you to take your class outside and expel their never-ending energy. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite activities for you to try with your class. Fruit and Veggie Sorting: All you need is a pocket folder, some glue, a pair of scissors and a printer! Just print out the below attached PDFs, glue the veggie crate to one pocket of your folder and the fruit crate to the other pocket. Pass out the pieces of vegetables and fruit (make doubles if necessary) and have the kids bring up their piece to sort. food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-fruit food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-veggiest food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-fruit-crate food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-veggie-crate   Read Funny Stories: One of my favorite stories to read aloud is "Bark, George" by Jules Feiffer. Pair the book with the activity below by having the kids try to remember the sequence of events from the book. All you need is the book, "Bark, George",  a paper bag, some glue, a pair of scissors and a printer! To get the book, contact us at 859.962.4062! Bark, George!   Get up, and Move!  Here are a few of my favorite rhymes to get kids up and moving: Green Says “Go” Green says, “Go!” (march quickly) Go! Go! Go! Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly) Slow…slow…slow And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze) Go! Go! Go! (march fast) Slow…slow…slow (march slowly) and STOP! (stop) Handy Spandy Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump in. (jump inside the circle) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump out. (jump outside the circle) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump up. (jump up) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all sit down. (sit down in the circle) Bicycle I have a [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Featured Post, Racing To Read|Comments Off on Too Cold Out? Try This!

Teaching the Holidays

Learning about other cultures and holidays builds compassion in young children. Try these books for learning about holidays from around the world:                

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on Teaching the Holidays

Use It or Lose It

This adage isn't just for the aging. "Use it or lose it" applies to young kids as well. The brain goes through a process of neural pruning, where it will eliminate anything that isn't being used. How can early childhood educators take advantage of "use it or lose it"? Provide lots of opportunities for kids to practice what they learn. Here are a few ideas: Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Reinforce through repetition. Reading the same story or playing the same game 50 times may bore caregivers, but young kids will benefit from the repetition. Ask about a child's experiences. Bringing up the memory of events reinforces the initial learning experience. "Tell me about the animal noises you learned today." Create similar experiences. Link prior experiences to new experiences. "Does this chicken puppet look like the chicken we saw yesterday?" Contrast experiences. Link previously learned skills to things that are not the same. "This turkey is different from the chicken. How are they different?"

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on Use It or Lose It

New! STEM Kits Available for Teachers!

Racing to Read is excited to offer our teachers STEM related kits for preschoolers.                    Our first kit is an interactive coding game where children “code” their own music! Osmo Coding Jam is a fun game where you can explore different types of rhythm and code your very own personalized song. This is recommended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes the Osmo Coding Jam game tiles, the iPad, iPad charger, and iPad base. Our second kit is just as exciting and comes pre-packaged with an attitude. Cozmo is an interactive robot that can not only recognize your face, but is very competitive. You can play with Cozmo, and his three cubes, in either free game mode, or you can code him in the “code lab” to complete tasks. When he’s not occupied he will explore his world and sing to himself. But, make sure you take care of Cozmo, he has to be properly calibrated, fed, and played with! Cozmo is intended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes Cozmo, Cozmo’s charging pad, Cozmo’s three blocks, plus the Asus tablet pre-loaded with the Cozmo App, and tablet charger. Our last kit is the most exciting of all, our Parrot Minidrone! Use the tablet to fly our minidrone!. This is an activity that can be either indoors or outdoors, but always with teacher supervision. Our kit includes the minidrone, along with the charger, plus the Asus tablet that is pre-loaded with the in-flight simulation app, and tablet charger.   Call us at 859.962.4062 to reserve your STEM kit today!   Written by: Teresa Curtis, outreach programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, and Pete the [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, Racing To Read|Comments Off on New! STEM Kits Available for Teachers!

New Deposit Collection: Native American Culture

Just in time for Thanksgiving and fall, Racing to Read has added a Native American themed deposit collection for preschoolers. Request the collection today. 859-962-4062 Written by: Richelle Rose, outreach programmer for the Kenton County Public Library and children's book critic.

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|Comments Off on New Deposit Collection: Native American Culture