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Here are some fun ways to use the little wordless books:

  • Sing the song with children, then watch them turn it into their own songs and stories!

  • Give them crayons or a pencil and let them add words or illustrations, and of course their names!

  • Print them all and make a special container for them.

  • And lastly, don’t forget to make a blank book! Children love blank little folded books so they can make up their own songs and stories.

The public library has changed a lot in recent years. If you aren’t a regular library user you are missing out on one of the most valuable and user-friendly resources our free society has to offer. Find out about and facilitate your clients’ use of these valuable free resources. I am in libraries all the time and am constantly amazed to learn about the services and resources being added all the time. Here are just some of the resources your library might provide:
  • Free Printing (my library allows 75 black and white or 25 color pages a week) and almost all offer free computer use.
  • Themed Kits you can check out; which in addition to books may include videos, music CD’s, puppets, and even “play to learn” toys like blocks or sensory materials.
  • Online Resources many libraries provide are open to any one on the Internet, not just library patrons In the box on the right I've listed some of my favorites, and of course– they are free! Ask your children’s librarian about all the services your library offers.
  • Check-Out of magazines,  e-books, and even the actual device to view them with. In addition, many libraries provide classes on how to use the devices and download the materials.
  • Outreach Services: Many libraries have mobile libraries that have everything a library has, but of course less of it. They visit schools, parks, shopping centers, home daycares and can often be requested.
  • Story Times for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Bringing your children to the library introduces them to a love of reading in a safe and child-friendly environment with experts on child development. The library is also a wonderful place for children to gain social skills and manners. Many libraries now incorporate play and learn times, providing open-ended educational toys such as blocks, stuffed animals. balls, and sensory toys.
  • Language Classes and “talk time” for adults and story times in a variety of languages for non-English speaking families.

Since full use of this website depends on families being able to actually hear the songs provided, we need to know how they are able to access them. With technology changing every day, the only thing we can say for sure is that we can’t make assumptions about how families listen to music. It does no good to give a family a CD if they have no way to play it. Many families of all income levels no longer have CD player, or only have them in their cars. Many do not have any kind of sound system. Even downloading music is being replaced with streaming. Obviously parents need to have a way to listen to the songs in order to use them.
  • If your clients have smartphones, find out if they have and know how to a QR code reader. Smartphone have the additional advantage of having a built-in speaker, so this is the most effective way to give them access to the songs. Read the information about QR codes HERE.

  • Purchase inexpensive MP3 players with a built-in speaker (these start at around $20), and pre-load them with songs.

  • Combine printed books with those songs and make a kit that can be checked out by families. Be sure to consider any additional expenses such as batteries. Many mp3 players are rechargeable using a USB cable. So one possibility is that the players are rotated out with different sets of songs, and recharged by the organization before being returned to the families. * You can also purchase inexpensive Voice recorders (used for dictation). They can also be pre-loaded with songs and loaned out to families along with printed books. Just make sure any small device has a built-in speaker.

  • Purchase inexpensive CD players, and make CD’s from songs on the website. These are still available starting at around $25, and can be plugged in eliminating the need to use and replace batteries

  • Families that have computers with Internet access can download or just listen to the songs.

  • Families with computers but no Internet access can be provided a USB drive or CD (if their computer has a CD drive in working order) containing all of the songs on this website.

Ask questions and provide a variety of ways for your families to listen to songs.

My artist website where I have been offering (and continue to offer) a free song a month, including lyrics, sheet music, prop patterns, and activities.

A great information and free printable books from legendary kindergarten teacher. Nellie Edge

KCLS Tell Me a Story
Huge collection of songs, nursery rhymes, and finger plays; many with YouTube Videos Tip: There is no way to tell if the song or rhyme has a YouTube video until you click on it. If one doesn’t appear, it doesn’t. To get back to the list click your back button.

Mama Lisa’s World
An enormous collection of songs from around the world. This site has been around for many years, and although they have added some advertising, it’s unobtrusive, and you have free and instant access to the songs. You choose by continent or country, and it’s impressively extensive.

This site has beautifully produced videos on the five practices of early literacy. They are a wonderful tool for parents, grandparents, and teachers alike.

Like an online encyclopedia, but more. Many printables on every topic imaginable. rebus rhymes Plan to spend some time exploring this website. It has become my go-to site for just about everything.