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Let’s celebrate Ramadan!

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Ramadan is more than abstaining from food or beverages during the day for those who belong to the Muslim faith. It is a time for contemplation and reflection that culminates in a great family celebration called Eid al-Fitr. This year Ramadan began on April 2nd and will end on May 2nd with the feast of Eid.

For celebrating or learning more about Ramadan and Eid with your little ones, here are some books about this festive month:

Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzalez

Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzalez

A nice letter written by a father to his daughter encouraging love for his family and multicultural identity.


Baby's First Ramadan. DK Board Book.

Baby’s first Ramadan by Clare Lloyd

A learning book all about the Ramadan festivities and traditions to read with your baby.



Tell Me More About Ramadan by Bachar Karroum

This book about Laila, a curious Muslim girl who wants to learn about Ramadan will soon be available for check out in our library catalog.

Zahra’s Blessing: a Ramadan Story

Follow Zahra, a Muslim girl’s sweet story about the important values such as sharing and kindness towards others that are rooted in Islamic traditions.

TAGS: Ramadan, Muslim, Religion, Multi-cultural

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¡Celebremos el Ramadán!

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El Ramadán es más que abstenerse de comer o beber durante el día para aquellos que pertenecen a la fe musulmana. Es un momento que invita a la contemplación y reflexión que culmina con una gran celebración en familia llamada Eid al-Fitr. Este año Ramadán comenzó el 2ndo de abril y terminará el 2ndo de mayo con la fiesta de Eid.

Ya sea que tú familia esté celebrando el Ramadán este año o tal vez quieres aprender con tus pequeños más sobre Ramadán y Eid, aquí te comparto algunos libros sobre este mes festivo.

Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzalez

Yo Soy Muslim escrito por Mark Gonzalez
Una linda carta escrita por un padre para su hija fomentando el amor a su familia e identidad multicultural.


Baby's First Ramadan. DK Board Book.

Baby’s first Ramadan por Clare Lloyd

Un libro de aprendizaje para aprender sobre las festividades y tradiciones de Ramadán con tu bebé.


Cuéntame Más Sobre el Ramadán por Bachar Karroum

Este libro sobre Laila, una curiosa niña musulmana que desea aprender acerca del Ramadán estará disponible muy pronto en nuestro catálogo.


Zahra’s Blessing: a Ramadan Story

Sigue a Zahra, una niña musulmana relatando una dulce historia sobre los importantes valores como el compartir y la bondad hacia otros que están arraigados en las tradiciones islámicas.

TAGS:  Ramadan, Muslim, Religion, Multi-cultural

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Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros

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Children and their families are invited to join the Yolo County Library and participate in this FREE, fun, and educational celebration on the following days:

  • April 07 at 1:30 p.m. Yolo Branch Library event is canceled and will be rescheduled.  Please check at Yolo Branch for updates.
  • April 08 at 12:00 p.m. Knights Landing Branch Library, 42351 Third Street, Knights Landing
  • April 12 at 2:00 p.m. Esparto Regional Library, 17065 Yolo Avenue, Esparto
  • April 15 at 12:00 p.m. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento
  • April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue, Winters
  • April 25 at 5:00 p.m. South Davis Montgomery Library, 1441 Danbury Street, Davis
  • April 26 at 2:15 p.m. Clarksburg Branch Library, 52915 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg
  • April 29 at 11:00 a.m. Mary L. Stephens – Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis

Children who attend these events will receive a free book and will participate in educational activities, watch a special performance at select locations, and listen to a story time program. “Our Día celebration across the County will be fun and engaging, and the free books will help add to or create home libraries – an important part of encouraging literacy. We hope you will join us in the festivities!” shares newly appointed County Librarian and Chief Archivist Diana Lopez

No reservations are required and all programs are free to attend. Programs are sponsored and supported by Yolo County’s Friends of the Library groups and the Yolo County Library Foundation. For more information about the Yolo County Library, visit our website at: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Pre-writing skills

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Surprise! Writing does not magically happen when a child picks up a pencil and begins to write.

To begin writing, children must cultivate certain skills. Generally, children between the ages of three and four are not yet developed enough to trace letters. For this to occur, motor skills need to be established. Children need to learn these skills.

Motor skills help children’s development – it even helps them learn to read! When children know the shape of letters, the brain finds it easier to organize letters and form words.

To begin writing, ten skills need to be mastered, today we will talk about five of them:

1. Upper Extremity Strength

To help your little one get strong, you can use yoga poses that focus on the arms and the hands. Check out this cute book about all the yoga animal poses or use this instructional video to continue practicing yoga poses with your child.

2. Bilateral integration.

Bilateral integration is the ability to use the limbs on both sides of the body at the same time. To develop this skill, your child can manipulate play dough or trace various figures by alternating their little hands with popsicle sticks.

Popsicle sticks arranged in two different shapes: Triangle and Square. A circle of pink playdough (rolled into a snake and connected into a circle) beside a tray of multi-colored playdough.

3. Finger isolation

Learning to move fingers individually or pinching them like crab claws may seem like a futile skill. However, these exercises will make it easier for your child to grip the pencil firmly when it comes to writing. Singing songs and using the fingers to relate what is happening in the story are excellent exercises for mastering this skill. Here are two different songs to help your children learn to isolate their fingers:

Clackety Clack                     Thumbkin

4. Object Manipulation

To help your little one develop and hone this skill, you can use items such as the sensory books and toys contained in our Storytime Kit: Toddler Time.

Video 1 : Small motor skills

Video 2:  Small motor skills

5. Hand-eye coordination

Hand-eye coordination is not only necessary for balance or sports. It is also an important skill for learning to write because it allows children to use their vision and muscles simultaneously when writing. Your child can practice this skill by picking up stuff with clothespins or stringing pasta between thread or pipe cleaners.

A person is putting a piece of tube pasta onto a pink pipe cleaner. Two pieces of pasta have already been threaded and two more are waiting to be added to the chain. A person is picking up a small, craft pom-pom with a small clothspin.





TAGS:  Writing, Motor Skills, Hand-eye coordination

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Antes de Escribir

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¡Sorpresa! La escritura no sucede por arte de magia al tomar un lápiz y empezar a escribir una letra tras otra. Para dominar las letras, los niños deben cultivar ciertas habilidades que conducen a la adquisición de la escritura. Generalmente, los niños entre tres y cuatro años aún no están desarrollados lo suficientemente para trazar las letras. Para eso se requiere establecer las destrezas motrices ya que es de suma importancia adquirir estas primero para que al organizar las letras y formar palabras en sus cerebros ocurra con toda naturalidad.

Esto requiere dominar diez habilidades, hoy hablaremos sobre cinco de ellas:

  1. Fortaleza en los brazos y las manos.

Para ayudar a tu pequeño a fortalecer sus extremidades superiores, puedes utilizar poses de yoga concentradas en los brazos y las manos. Echa un vistazo a este lindo libro sobre un conejito y sus amigos haciendo yoga en el bosque o utiliza este video instructivo para seguir practicando las poses de yoga con tu niño.

  1. Integración bilateral.

Integración bilateral es la habilidad de utilizar las extremidades de ambos lados del cuerpo simultáneamente. Para desarrollar esta habilidad, tu niño puede manipular plastilina o trazar varias figuras alternando sus manitas con palitos de helado.

A circle of pink playdough (rolled into a snake and connected into a circle) beside a tray of multi-colored playdough. Popsicle sticks arranged in two different shapes: Triangle and Square.






  1. Aislamiento de los dedos

Aprender a mover los dedos individualmente o pinchar sus dedos como tenazas de cangrejo tal vez parecerá una habilidad fútil. Sin embargo, estos ejercicios le facilitarán a su niño agarrar un lápiz con firmeza a la hora de escribir. Cantando canciones y utilizando sus dedos para relatar lo que ocurre en la canción, son excelentes ejercicios para dominar esta habilidad. Aquí les comparto dos canciones para que sus niños aprendan aislar sus dedos:

Alejo el Cangrejo                                                   Pulgarcito

  1. Manipulación de objetos

Para ayudar a desarrollar y afinar esta habilidad, puede utilizar objetos como los libros sensoriales y juguetes que contiene nuestro Storytime Kit: Toddler Time.

Video 1 : Manipulación de objetos

Video 2:  Manipulación de objetos

  1. Coordinación ojo-mano

La coordinación entre los ojos y las manos no es solo necesaria para el balance o los deportes. También es una habilidad importante para aprender a escribir ya que permite a los niños utilizar su visión y sus músculos simultáneamente al momento de escribir. Tu niño puede practicar esta habilidad al enlazar pasta entre hilo o palitos de peluche.

A person is putting a piece of tube pasta onto a pink pipe cleaner. Two pieces of pasta have already been threaded and two more are waiting to be added to the chain. A person is picking up a small, craft pom-pom with a small clothspin.






TAGS: Escritura, Manipulación de objetos, Coordinación ojo-mano

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