Cognitive Development

What a Treasure

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The children’s book What A Treasure written by Jane Hillenbrand and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2010 selection. The colorful picture book for children 3 to 6 follows Mole as he digs and digs, discovering treasures for his animal friends and himself in his backyard. In this video Will Hillenbrand models how to read a picture book to preschoolers with great warmth and expression. He talks about the cover and the mystery of the characters on it. Overlaid are close-ups of his illustrations as he reads.

Firedog Freddie - Martha Speaks | PBS KIDS Lab

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This video will help children understand the parts of a story. Helen reads her favorite childhood story to Jake and Martha.

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños para entender las partes de una historia. Helen lee su cuento favorito de la niñez a Jake y Martha.

Up Down and Around

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Written by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, Up Down and Around is Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2008 selection. The book is a short rhyming, read-aloud story that contains facts and true information about vegetables, bugs and gardens and lends itself to a variety of activities.

For example, after reading through the book once, an adult might assign each child the name of a vegetable in the book. When each child hears the name of his/her vegetable, he/she can jump up and twist and turn in the direction named: up, down, or around.

Let's Tell a Story | Everyday Learning

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This brief animation shares the story of a hamster as imagined by children. Hammie is a classroom hamster that finds new opportunity when his cage door is left open. Hammie does some exploring around the classroom and ultimately sneaks into a backpack looking for food. Three different children tell the story adding new parts and passing the story to another friend. When Hammie is in the backpack, the viewer is asked to tell what happens next.

Linda Sue Park

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Linda Sue Park is the Newbery Award-winning author of A Single Shard. In this exclusive video interview with Reading Rockets, Linda Sue Park compares writing to sports, questions animal sounds among different countries, and says that young writers need to practice writing. You can watch the interview, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Linda Sue Park, or see a selected list of her children's books.

Between the Lions - A Shower of Stars

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The vocabulary word "star" and the story, "A Shower of Stars," are featured in this segment from Between the Lions: "Two Coats, One Goat and One Boat."

I Went to Visit a Farm One Day | StoryBlocks

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See a presentation of early literacy tips to increase caregivers' understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. The presenters model the song or rhyme, and explain how each song or rhyme helps children build important pre-reading skills. Parents and daycare providers can use Storyblocks to learn fun new rhymes and songs to share with children. Library staff can use Storyblocks to learn new rhymes and songs for storytime and tips they can pass along to caregivers in the library. The literacy tips and skills presented in this video follow the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) research-based program of early literacy in public libraries. This video was produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. The video is part of a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to help parents, caregivers, and library staff learn songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.

Junk or Treasure: A Clubhouse Story | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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In this clip from KIDS Clubhouse Adventures, DanBot thinks Dan Wardell’s stuff is useless junk and gets rid of it! Dan teaches DanBot how seemingly useless junk can be repurposed or reused in valuable ways!

Cuatro Gatos | Sesame Street

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Learn how to count to four, in both English and Spanish, with The Cuatro Gatos!

Skits and Martha Bake a Cake - Martha Speaks

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Help children build vocabulary and understand STEM education concepts. Skits and Martha bake a cake for Helen.

Este video se centra en ayudar a niños para aprender vocabulario y entender los conceptos de educación STEM. Skits y Martha hacen un pastel para Helen.

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