Literacy Strategies


  • Here Is the Beehive

    This rhyme can start a conversation with your child about where bees live, where they keep their honey, how they sound and what they look like. It can help your child learn new words and how the world works.

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • Shoe the Old Horse

    Research shows that babies can recognize words long before they can talk. Using rhymes makes it easy to remember and also introduces new words. Repeating these playful rhymes helps your baby's brain connections to grow.

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • Pin Pon

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • Reach for the Ceiling

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • Mother and Father

    Doing rhymes with actions helps stretch out the words. This rhyme reinforces familiar words that you might use, like Mother and Father. But you can change the words to ones you may use instead, such as Mommy and Daddy.

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • Debajo de un botón

    Cantar ayuda a los niños a aprender cómo usamos el lenguaje y mejora su habilidad de poder escuchar los pequeños sonidos en una palabra. ¡Y es mu divertido!

    This video, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Colorado libraries. This 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. The video offers 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.

    Grades: PreK,13+
  • S Blends

    This resource group teaches students all about "s" consonant blends, including ones in which one consonant is silent.

    Grades: 1-3
  • R Blends

    This resource group teaches students all about "r" consonant digraphs. It goes over common "r" blends, such as "tr" and "gr," and teaches students how to pronounce these blends.

    Grades: 1-3
  • N Blends

    Learn about letter n consonant combinations with The Electric Company.

    Grades: 1-3
  • L Blends

    This reource group teaches students all about "l" blends, such as "ld," "lm, "lf," "fl," "gl," and "cl."

    Grades: K-2
  • Shock & Kid Lucky Present: S Blends

    Shock and Kid Lucky rap, beatbox, and act out words containing "sp," "sc," and "sk," blends. They do not address words which contain silent "sc" blends.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Shock & Kid Lucky Present: R Blends

    Kid Lucky and Shock rap and beatbox using only words that contain a "pr" blend. This includes words such as "impress," "improve," "prince," and "prize." The goal of this resource is decoding and sight-reading.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Shock & Kid Lucky Present: N Blends

    Shock and Kid Lucky rap, beatbox, and act out words which contain the "nk" blend. This includes words such as "think," "junk," "ankle," and "sinking." The goal of this resource is decoding and sight-reading.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Shock & Kid Lucky Present: L Blends

    Kid Lucky and Shock rap and beatbox using words that contain "l blends" with an emphasis on the "cl" and "gl" combiations. The goal of this resource is decoding and sight-reading skills.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: S Blends

    In this clip, Shock and his friend sing and beatbox a song using words which begin with the "sl" consonant blend.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Shock & Friends Phonics Rap: L Blends

    Shock and James sing a song using "l blends," specifically the "sl" combination. The goal of this resource is decoding and sight-reading.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Road Trip - N Blends

    While in the car with their father, Charlotte and Henry play a game comparing n-blends in words like "around" and "bang" on billboards and signs along the road. The goal of this resource is decoding.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Road Trip - L Blends

    Charlotte and Henry identify words on signs along the road which contain "pl" or "bl" combinations. The goal of this resource is to teach children decoding and sight-reading skills.

    Grades: 1-3
  • Electric Sound Off - N Blends

    Marcus and Annie play Electric Sound Off.  In order to win, they must create sentences using the most "n-blends," words in which the letter "n" works with another letter. This resource teaches children how to decode and pronounce words which contain "n-blends."

    Grades: 1-3
  • Electric Sound Off - L Blends

    Annie and Marcus play Electric Sound Off.  They are challenged to create a sentence using the most words containing either the "lf," "lm," or "lk" spelling combinations. This resource teaches children how to decode words containing "l blends."

     

    Grades: 1-3

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