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Category Archives for "Children"

Board Games Galore!

The Children’s Department at the Islip Library currently has an abundance of board games available to play anywhere in the library – Chess and Checkers, Candyland, Operation, Connect 4, Ants in the Pants, Legos, Life, Monopoly and Monopoly Junior, just to name a few. Not only do they offer a bonding opportunity for families and friends, […]

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Talk, Sing, Read, Play and Write – The Five Practices of Literacy

The five practices of literacy are talking, singing, reading, playing, and writing. These practices are fundamental to children’s growth as future readers. Believe it or not, caregivers are the best people to help their children learn these practices just by doing everyday things with them. Here are some tips to get you started at home.Talking:Talk […]

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Winter Activities To Enjoy This Holiday Season With Your Family

Although the Holiday season is well underway, there are more fun things to do this winter: Magic of Lights – Jones Beach State Park: November 17 – December 31 Pile your family into the car and drive through this eye-catching, enthralling, 2 1/2-mile-long light show that returns to Jones Beach. There’s an “Enchanting Tunnel of Lights,” animated […]

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten / 1KB4K

It sounds like a monumental task to read 1000 books to your infant/preschool-aged child, but many caregivers around the country have done just that. Not only does this activity provide the opportunity to bond with your children, it also helps them to develop early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten. Literacy experts have determined that […]

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Children’s Summer Reading Club | Learn all Summer and be a Great Student this Fall!

The New York Libraries’ website, Summer Reading Club link https://www.summerreadingnys.org/kids/ shares the following information about children who read over the summer: They maintain and build their reading skills They avoid summer learning loss*Their love of reading growsThey are more confident in readingThey read what interests them and become avid readersThey become better spellers and writersTheir […]

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Open-Ended Play, A Necessary Part of Playtime

Large and small cardboard boxes, fabric scraps, bottle caps…although these items may appear to be destined for the trash, wait up! Children can utilize these items and engage their imagination in an experience called open-ended play. Open-ended play includes utilizing simple items such as paint, water, blocks, clay, twigs, leaves, acorns and more. If you can […]

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Puzzle Play and Child Development

The Best Kind of Learning is the Kind that’s Wrapped Up in a Game.While puzzles may seem like mere child’s play, researchers have discovered they are an important link in the cognitive development of young children. Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that children who play with puzzles between the ages of two […]

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Land of the Lost URL! Part 3

Great websites for kids that you probably never heard about. Interesting science and education websites that were suggested by Islip Public Library patrons. Recently, a few of our local patrons let me know about a few sites that their children use, or they themselves visit. These cover a variety of subjects, and are well conceived and useful.PREHISTORIC […]

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11 Awesome Special Needs Services & Programs Available Through Your Library

Special Needs and the Library

A disability should not prevent anyone from using the services of the library. The challenges posed by physical or mental impairments can be daunting for both children and adults, but the services and programs offered by or accessed through the library can benefit and even enrich the lives of individuals who have special needs. For instance, […]

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