May 1, 2013

Web Wednesday with Mother Goose

It's never too early to get your baby into books!  May 1st is Mother Goose Day, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to scope out some awesome web sites!

StoryBlocks is an amazing site for kids and parents alike.  You can search the many videos for songs and rhymes to do with your wee ones.  My favorite part of the site is that the videos usually include a quick tip for enriching literacy skills using Every Child Ready to Read, which is the literacy initiative our library uses. You can search the videos by keyword, age group, language, or just browse past favorites. 

My next favorite site is called Day by Day and made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in Idaho.  Every day of the year you can access new songs, rhymes, stories, and much more.  This site makes it easy to spend a few minutes each day with your child doing literacy rich activities.

Another notable site is the Mother Goose Club
Mother Goose Club is a great resource for well-known nursery rhymes, as well as the more obscure oldies.  You can search rhymes by category such as action, animals, counting, etc.  Once you find a rhyme you can read the words, hear it sung, or watch a video of Mother Goose Club members performing it with the actions.  They also provide a page just for parents with the lyrics and history about the rhymes.  You can also print out sheet music to follow along on an instrument!

These are just a few of the great resources out there for you and your little ones to enjoy together.  Don't forget to sign up for Mother Goose classes at the library - they begin May 8th and space is limited!