Virtual Learning & Fun Activities for Early Learners

Miss Shelley shares books, activities, videos, and resources to help children on the path to reading.

Browse the latest activities for early learners

Ruthie and Miss Jenny talking

How to help young kids process upsetting events in the news

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Well, 2021 has certainly begun right where 2020 left off: with a lot of tough topics. Even our youngest kids know when big or upsetting ...
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Take a Sad Year & Make It Better: Tips for helping kids share memories and deal with difficult emotions

Virtual learning for early learners: Take a sad year & make it better

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Every year, our final Early Bird Reader tip we send via text (Want weekly early learning tips from the Oak Park Public Library? Sign up ...
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Kids dancing with music notes

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Songs to set a mood

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Songs are powerful! When we plan our storytime classes, we organize them to build energy and then calm kids down before we send them back ...
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Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun in the snow? Say it ain’t so

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris I’m one of those odd ducks who loves winter and snow and is excited to get this season started. I know—my co-workers shake their head ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: New words, new stories

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris This holiday season is not at all what any of us had planned on. For most of us, celebrations will look different and traditions might ...
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Miss Shelley reading a book

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun with sounds

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Miss Jenny and I both love building fun sounds into our storytimes and our videos. Sounds, especially unexpected ones, get and keep everyone’s interest and ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Sing, sing a song

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Mr. Andy, one of our past librarians, always used to tell caregivers that he could remember the words to "Sweet Caroline" much better than he ...
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Miss Jenny and Ruthie with drawing

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Serious learning

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” That’s a quote from ...
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