Utilizing the Library for your Preschool

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We LOVE the library!  If you are blessed to live near a library don’t miss out on using this great resource!  There are so many resources available to you through the library that you can use to supplement your homeschool preschool.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

If you are blessed to have a library nearby...USE IT!!  Here are some ideas for how...

  • Preschool Story Time: At our library, we have some FABULOUS ladies who teach preschool (and toddler and family) story time once a week.  It’s about half an hour long and the children participate in songs, activities, crafts, and listen to some great new books.  It’s a good chance for parents, especially those who are uncomfortable reading aloud, to learn how to read stories in a way that will engage their child.  Check your local library to see if story time is something they have.
  • Summer Reading Program: Our local library does a great summer reading program each summer.  Children of all ages can have books read to them or read books on their own to earn prizes (usually more books)!
  • Library Programs: Our library does some really fun, engaging programs for the kids.  There have been puppet shows, bird shows, magic shows, engaging science lessons, read-alouds, and more.  It’s a really good chance for your child to have a variety of experiences for free!
  • Books:  This is kind of a no-brainer, but don’t miss out on your library’s BOOKS!  I hear so many parents buying books for their children and I just wonder…WHY???  Why spend $5 or more for a book you can check out for FREE at the library!  We only buy our very favorite books…and usually only after we’ve already read it once at the library.  Here are some of my (and my friends) favorite books for preschoolers.
    • Any books by Mo Willems (Elephant and Pig books and  Pigeon books especially)
    • The China Plate by Robin Jones Gunn (this is really geared toward older children, but my 3 and 5 year olds both love it)
    • Henry’s Awful Mistake by Robert Quackenbush (Best. Last Name. Ever.)
    • Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter
    • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
    • Richard Scary’s Please and Thank You Book
    • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
    • Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
    • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    • ANYTHING by Dr Seuss (These are so great for teaching rhyming and other early reading skills!)
    • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
    • The Mitten by Jan Brett
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
    • I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
    • Iza Trapani’s books (She has lots of really neat nursery rhyme books!)
    • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

In addition to the ideas above, be sure to use the best resource of all…the PEOPLE!!  There are so many great librarians who are willing to help you find what you need.  If you’re learning about whales or Africa or seasons, your librarian will be able to help you find books that fit your child’s age and comprehension level.  Just ask!

How often does your family visit the library?

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