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Labels: article. I noticed when we walked in that something was different, and Miss Muffet did too. Go ahead and let her play with the toys, it's okay. The public library does not need toys. Play does not have to involve toys. My children have some toys, but more often, at different stages of development I have found them playing with their toes, their shadows, a mirror, a paper towel tube, blankets, spoons, and each other.
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When I play with them, we almost never use toys. Instead, we make up scavenger hunts, tell stories about what we did today, observe birds and animals in our neighborhood, make up dances, pretend to be firefighters, and hunt for letters of the alphabet. There is nothing inherent in a toy that encourages play, and there is nothing magical about the library that suddenly turns a toy educational when it is displayed beneath an early literacy poster. With or without the toys, the early literacy benefits of play depend entirely on the interaction between the child and another person.
Allowing Little Miss Muffet to play alone with the train table keeps her busy, but it is not as educational - or as valuable to my educational goals for her - as staying with her parents and selecting books to borrow. Toys are everywhere. Most public places which cater to young children have toys. At diners, there are crayons and cardboard cars. Even stores often have baskets of ratty stuffed animals, buckets of cars and trucks, and dollhouses with mismatched furniture.
Waiting rooms, toy stores, nature centers, baby clothing stores, gyms, parks, sandboxes… everywhere a child goes, there are toys. But how many of these places have books? Toy stores sometimes have a rack or two of recent and classic picture books. But the only place you can take a child where they can have the singular experience of being surrounded by books is the public library. My child is learning the wrong thing about libraries.
Finally, the last objection to toys in the library is personal. Miss Muffet, who absolutely loves books, has begun to associate her local public library with toys instead. Do they have a dollhouse? Schmidt Little Miss Muffet 2 years, 9 months was screen-free for nearly the first two years of her life, and until a couple of weeks ago, she had never seen a full minute television show. So, lately, she has been watching an episode of Mister Rogers after lunch, before lying down for a rest.
She is enjoying getting to know Mr. Rogers, and Mr. Rogers was my television neighbor. The first is that when Mr.
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Rogers teaches a new concept, he tells a story about himself. This is such a subtle thing, but it means the difference between sounding like a condescending know-it-all grown-up and sounding like a caring and authentic neighbor. A game to play. Nix the All-About Books. Use Thought Prompts.
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Of course, they can always go back and add details, dates, etc. We hope you find books here that lead you to read more books by these authors. But who should write it? He thought of me.
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A myth. A trope. What are we to make of that? Or, take Amelia Earhart. Amelia made them up out of whole cloth.
She lied. No one is all good. No one is all bad. I start with archival sources. As I read, I keep an open mind. I may not even try to find the answers to all of them.
I let the research lead me. So I turned to Dr. Louis S. It sure seems like it. So, I wrote those scenes in great detail, almost in slow motion. Did you catch that? He was once one of the most famous men in the world. Online resources will add depth to research. Why did you choose to begin there? With Pete it was easy.
He would do all the rest. About Pete Seeger. Yours, too? We had a lot of music in our house in the form of LPs. There was always music on the turntable. Here are a few:. She stepped up.
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How do you do your research? Yes and no. Yes, indeed! How did you know who to ask? I like to think that I would have, yes. They used my resources. What a great idea! Good idea, right? A good read-aloud. They warmed my heart continuously and now through ebay I have the entire set and then some for my nieces to read.
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