Autumn has arrived at the Early Literacy Center (ELC) in the children’s area of MCPL Wausau, complete with crisp apples, colorful leaves and plump pumpkins! Visit us and enjoy fun, interactive autumn harvest learning with the young child(ren) in your life.
Together at the felt board you can put apples, leaves, and acorns on the tree; compare the shapes and colors of leaves and make a pattern. Recognizing patterns and creating patterns help your child pay attention to details.The ability to notice simple patterns in colors or shapes prepares children to find patterns in letters and words when they’re learning to read.
Try on an apron and pretend to sell fruits and veggies in the harvest market area. Or carry a shopping bag and find the fruits and veggies listed on the shopping list. Practice recognizing numbers and basic addition with our cash register. Your kiddos will also have fun sorting fruits and vegetables by color, and using a scale to measure how much they weigh.
At the magnet wall, children can identify letters in the pile of leaves to spell their names. Practice basic sight words and listening skills with colors of fall sentence cards and matching images. Run your finger under the repeated words as you say them, to help children understand that you are reading text, not pictures.
Children can explore more apple-themed manipulatives. How can an apple can be divided up into two, three, or four equal pieces to share? Find out with fraction apples! Help a hungry caterpillar munch through an apple by threading it through the holes. Threading helps little hands develop fine motor skills that kids need for writing.
You’ll also find a bushel of books to read together! Look for books about apples, pumpkins, fruits & veggies, trees, squirrels and more autumn themes to enjoy in our cozy reading nook or comfy couch.
To see pictures of all the autumn fun activities being offered in the ELC, click here. For more information, call 715-261-7220.
The ELC features materials and activities designed for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents/caregivers. If you ever have any questions about early literacy, please ask our trained staff at the children’s desk. We are here to help you and your young child(ren) find books, get ready for school, and instill a love of learning.
image credit: Dan Richter/MCPL