Early Bird Learning Activities

Miss Shelley shares books, activities, videos, and resources to help children on the path to reading.

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Happy Autism Acceptance Month! Videos & activities for early learners & caregivers

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian April can be a challenging month for many autistic people. Many organizations that aren’t run with or by autistic leaders have campaigns about “lighting it …
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Make practicing early literacy skills a habit: Videos & activities for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian How are you doing? We’re a quarter of the way through the year. It’s a little warmer, a little sunnier. Sometimes things feel a little …
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Share sounds: Videos & books for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian The grasshopper chirpeth, the lamb bleateth, the owl hooteth. Animal sounds are found in so many books and songs for children, including the first-known picture …
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New year, new transitions! Videos & books for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Welcome to the -ber months: September, October, November, and December! Most people celebrate the start of a new year in January. Not me. I graduated …
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Collaborating for success: Supporting early learners & caregivers

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian By now, you’re very familiar with our new Early Bird Learning video series, right? Each week we share a new video, alternating between content to …
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Introducing Early Bird Learning videos

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Let’s take a walk through memory lane! In January 2016, Jenny (pictured above with Ruthie the camel) and I launched the Early Bird Reader program, with …
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Learning through gardening: Videos & activities for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Have you ever explored the little side yard of the Maze Branch Library (pictured above)? It’s not exactly quiet, because it’s right next to the …
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Exploring social-emotional learning: A new virtual tutorial for caregivers & early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian At the library, we often hear from parents, teachers, and other caregivers that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important to you. What exactly is SEL? Let’s …