Friday Family Hour meets weekly at 10:30 AM for children pre-K and younger, caregivers and parents. Miss Amanda incorporates simple crafts, stories and songs to stimulate early brain development in the tiniest residents of Newington and their friends.
We incorporate early literacy research-based methods in our Friday Family Hour activities to promote preschool and kindergarten readiness through discovery, play, and social connection. You can read about the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library® Six Early Literacy Skills here. These skills are supported by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).
January 3: The City
What do you notice when you go to the city? We will apply our five early literacy practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing – to learn about city life. Featured books include Wow! City! by Robert Neubecker and Drum City by Thea Guidone.
January 10: The Zoo
There are many different animals to see at the zoo. What have you seen? With books and music, we will practice recognizing animals and the sounds and movements they make.
January 17: The Grocery Store
Going to the store can be a lot of fun! Today, we will talk about some of the things we see and do when we go to the store and practice counting.
January 24: Chinese New Year
This year, Chinese New Year celebrations begin on Saturday, Jan. 25. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Rat. We will learn about Chinese New Year traditions and finish with a craft.
January 31: The Dentist
Just like when we go to the doctor, we go to the dentist to learn how we can keep ourselves healthy. Today we will talk, sing, read, write, and play with activities about our teeth!