Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Food

The Jacksonville Public Library is cooking up some fun this week as we explore food. We have all the ingredients for a week full of learning for you and your little chefs. 

READ: Feast For 10

 

Feast for 10 bookcover

READ

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Come along with this family as they take a trip to the grocery store, make a meal together, and practice counting. Sharing alphabet, counting, and shape books are ways you can increase your child's letter knowledge and get them ready to read. 

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:  

  • Tie the book to your child’s life experiences. Have you been to the grocery store together? What do you like to buy? 
  • Point out the numbers in the story. Count along as you read and point to each item as you count. 
  • Ask your child to name the items on the pages. 
  • Guess what food the family will buy next. 
  • Talk about the different foods the family is buying for the feast. What foods do you like to eat? 

 

SING: If You Like Tomatoes and You Know It

Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and shout hooray as you sing about foods from our story. 

(Tune: If you’re Happy and You Know it)

If you like tomatoes and you know it, clap your hands.

If you like tomatoes and you know it, clap your hands.

If you like tomatoes and you know it, and you really want to show it,

If you like tomatoes and you know it, clap your hands. (Clap hands) 

If you like pickles and you know it, stomp your feet.

If you like pickles and you know it, stomp your feet.

If you like pickles and you know it, and you really want to show it,

If you like pickles and you know it, stomp your feet. (Stomp feet) 

If you like potatoes and you know it, shout hooray.

If you like potatoes and you know it, shout hooray.

If you like potatoes and you know it, and you really want to show it,

If you like potatoes and you know it, shout hooray! (Shout hooray!) 

EXPLORE: Little Chefs
Time to put on your chef hats! Explore with your senses together by tasting, touching, smelling, listening, and watching as you cook up some fun in the kitchen. 

  • Read a recipe. Even if you’re making something as simple as a sandwich write a recipe for your little ones to follow. 
  • Talk about what comes first, next, and last. 
  • Practice measuring! Let your little one do as much as they can by themselves.
  • Introduce new words like recipe and ingredients. 
  • Build hand strength by allowing your children to mix, tear, scoop, pour, and cut (with assistance). 
  • Ask your little one to help you clean up when you are done. 

JOIN: Hungry for more? Join us for more food themed fun this week at our virtual programs! 

Little Readers: You want your child to have all the tools they need to start school. Here’s the toolbox! Let’s start with a story that your child will love, and add music, get everyone up and moving and sprinkle in other fun to make it all stick. We’re saving a spot for you! 

Monday, August 24, 2020 – 10 am

Little Movers & Shakers: Your child loves music and movement! Gather them around for a storytime they won’t forget! We’ll read rhythmic stories together and add songs and movements to make it a wonderful time for all. Get ready to make move to the groove. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – 1 pm

Friday, August 28, 2020 – 10 am

Little Explorers: Is your child constantly asking you “why?” and curious about how things work? Then Little Explorers is made for them! We start with a great story, add movement and exploration with our senses to help kids better understand the world around them. Let’s build pathways to knowledge! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – 10 am

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