A variety of materials from parenting tapes and videos to magazines to Phonics kits are available in the Youth Services Area of the library for parents to use. Copies of the monthly parent newsletter “The Well Centered Child”, brochures, book lists and other materials are available in the brochure rack in the Children’s Room.
Nonfiction books that deal with differences, death, divorce and other difficult topics also stand ready to assist parents.
Regular programming, story times, and lap sits for parents and families occur all throughout the year. Check the events calendar for what’s happening this week or go to the homepage and click on the eNews button to sign up for weekly emails about library events.
A PBS WEB SITE FOR PARENTS AND 5 SITES FOR “TWEENERS”
PBS has a web site dedicated to parents and their needs. It features information on timely topics like raising boys and talking to kids; an activity search tool; and a number of ways to connect to your local station and area caregivers, Booklists, Video clips, Media literacy Resources, a Parent Idea Box, and, even a PBS for Parents Shop. You can experience all these goodies at:
PBS also has excellent sites for kids 9-12, they are:
- Don’t Buy It; Get Media Smart
- plastic fork diaries (They are not what they seem, but they are what they eat)
- It’s My Life (Real Issues, Real Info, Real World
Links checked 8/2/10
ZERO TO THREE ORGANIZATION’S YOUNG EXPLORER’S PAGE zerotothree.org
I AM YOUR CHILD
SIECUS (sexuality information and education council of the united states)
Families are Talking Site
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Missing Children
Parent Tips for Launching Young Readers
Reading Rockets Parent Tips for Launching Young Readers
Great Web Sites for Kids from the ALA
Reading Rockets Reading Rockets is produce by WETA, the PBS’s flagship television and radio station. Rockets is a multimedia project that uses video, print and online media to provide research based tools and strategies for teaching children how to read.
Michigan Reads! This site is official Michigan Reads! One State, One Preschool Book Program.
Hennepin County Library’s Birth to Six Site This site has several valuable lists and tips for this age group.
The first level of sixty lessons have now been completed. The program teaches all forty-four phonemes in easy to follow step-by-step lessons. You can also download 52 decodable “I See Sam” books to help with fluency and comprehension. And best of all –everything in the program is free:
ReadingLessons.com is a free program that uses step-by-step lessons to help teachers and parents to teach children to read, write and spell.
In Level One there are 60 lessons, which are spread over twelve weeks. It’s very important to use the lessons in order, as each lesson builds upon what has been taught in the prior lessons.
LOOKING FOR SOME PARENTING TOOLS? Try visiting Handipoints.
This is an intriguing site with, what they claim are powerful parenting tools for Task and Goal management. Handipoints features HandiLand, a fun virtual world where kids adopt their own cartoon cat and use their points to buy clothes and gear for their cat. Great for kids from four to fourteen, Handipoints helps teach kids to be Happy, Healthy and Smart. There can be some costs associated with the site. Some families LOVE it! I’m not “completely sold” but it may work for you. The only way to find out is to look it over.
BE SURE TO SEE THE LINKS ON THE PRESCHOOL PAGE
Links checked 4/04/11