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Poland library boosts toddlers’ literacy skills

Friday, February 2, 2018

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The craft at the Baby Brilliant program at the Poland library offered children a chance to color and glue. They began with paper outline of a fish to color and decorate. They then glued the outline to a blue sheet of paper to resemble sea. Finally, they added stylish tissue paper to give the fish an interesting looking fin.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children at the Baby Brilliant program on Dec. 28 also did a craft where they made their own fish. The stories, songs and craft were all fish related at this week's program.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Annette Ahrens led the Poland library's "Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s" event on Dec. 28. They read books, sang songs and made a craft.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.One of the songs the students sang during the Baby Brilliant event at the library was called "Five Little Fishies," a fish-related take on "Five Little Monkeys." The fish swam and splashed out of the water in comparison to the monkeys falling off the bed.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.At the Baby Brilliant program at the Poland library, they sang a version of "The Wheels on the Bus" with a fish theme called "The Fish in the Sea." Instead of the wheels on the bus going round and round, the fish went swim, swim, swim. They made hand motions during the song.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Poland library had a story time and craft for children ages 2 and 3 on Dec. 28.

The “Baby Brilliant: Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s“ event centered around fish. Poland librarian Annette Ahrens led the Baby Brilliant.

Ahrens welcomed the families into the small children’s activity room. They began the event with a song instructing the children to shake their hands in different directions.

After the opening song, she read a couple children stories. She began with “Hooray for Fish!“ by Lucy Cousins. The book included a number of rhyming descriptions of fish, going outside of reality for some such as an eye fish and sky fish. She then read Jonathan Litton’s “Big Fish, Little Fish,“ which worked on children’s counting abilities by numbering fish in ascending and descending order.

The children sang a song after the stories. They sang “Fish in the Sea,“ which used the rhythm and concept of the “The Wheels on the Bus.” Instead of the wheels on the bus going round and round, the sharks in the sea went chomp, chomp, chomp.

They read another two books and finished with another song. Ahrens read Suse MacDonald’s “Fish! Swish! Splash! Dash!“ and Bob Barner’s “Fish Wish“ for the children. The group sang “Five Little Fishies,“ a song based around “Five Little Monkeys.“

They ended the Baby Brilliant event with a craft where they made a paper fish. Ahrens provided the children with a paper outline of a fish for the children to color and decorate. They then glued the outline to a blue sheet of paper to place the fish in the sea. Finally, they added stylish tissue paper to give the fish an interesting looking fin.

The Poland library has two weekly Baby Brilliant events at their library, the “Tales and Talk for 2s and 3s“ and “Bonding with Babies & Books,“ along with another monthly program called “ASL Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books and Signs, Oh My.“