Six Skills of Early Literacy with Miss Tricia

Posted on our Social Media, every Wednesday morning in September at 10:30 AM

Skill #1: Letter Knowledge

Our first video in the series talks about letter knowledge and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/letter-knowledge/.

Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, as well as knowing that each letter makes a sound. When putting the letter sounds together, children are able to “sound out” the full word. This is a foundational skill needed for reading full words and sentences.

Skill #2: Vocabulary

Our second video in the series talks about vocabulary and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/vocabulary/.

Vocabulary can be described in its most basic sense as “learning new words.” Words and their meanings are a foundation for literacy development and reading comprehension. It’s kind of like the old adage, “You have to learn to walk before you can run.”

Skill #3: Phonological Awareness

Our third video in the series talks about phonological awareness and how to practice the skill at home! To view the resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/phonological-awareness/.

Phonological awareness is the awareness of speech sounds, such as rhyming and syllables.

Skills #4 & 5: Print Motivation and Print Awareness

Our fourth video in the series talks about print motivation & print awareness, and how to practice these skills at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/print-motivation-and-print-awareness.

Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. Print awareness is the understanding that print and oral language carries meaning.

Skill #6: Narrative

Our fifth video in the series talks about narrative skills and how to practice them at home! To view resources mentioned, visit https://winona.lib.mn.us/youth/narrative-skills/.

Narrative skills are a child’s ability to tell a story and understand how they work.

Teen Take-Home Kits

Youth ages 10-18 are invited to register below for one or both take-home kits. Each kit includes materials to complete a unique craft. Once registered, you will be contacted regarding pickup instructions for each kit. You may register for one or both kits.

October 6: Make your own water bead stress ball!

October 21: Mummy luminary–Get into the spooky season by making a mummy luminary!

No-School-Day Activity Kit

October 21 beginning at 10 AM

Looking for something to do on the kids’ day off from school? Drop by the library to get a take-home activity kit! Each kit includes materials and instructions needed to complete a craft. These are intended for ages 6 through 12. It is a drop-in, take-home kit pickup at the library. No registration is required. Kits available while supplies last.

October 21 beginning at 10 AM: Stamping–Create a unique stamp using styrofoam and markers! Bonus activity: Air dry clay to stamp with things at home or craft a new masterpiece!

Cubetto Playset Kits

We’re excited to offer Cubetto Playset Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! Cubetto is an educational robot best for ages 3-9. Cubetto activities are self-guided with the included adventure book, so you can teach yourself to code and play with the robot. You do not need a device.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  This quick-start guide
♦  1 robot with 3 AA batteries inside
♦  1 play board with 3 AA batteries inside
♦  16 play tiles in a cloth bag
♦  1 cloth map
♦  1 story book
♦  1 instruction book

Interested in checking out a Cubetto Playset Kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. To make sure kits are available to lots of patrons, there is a limit of one kit at a time per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-20-0024-20].

The library also hosts in-person Tecreation programs at the library and other community locations, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona.

About Cubetto

For more information about using Cubetto at home, check out Cubetto’s User Manual and Cubetto’s Playroom. You can also read a guide for caregivers all about exploring computational thinking with young children.

Cubetto Playset Kit care tips

This kit is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

♦  Take care of the kit for the next person. Don’t throw, drop, or kick the pieces, and don’t try to take individual pieces apart.

♦  Keep the Cubetto in sight when you are using it. Use the Cubetto indoors only.

♦  If Cubetto gets dirty, wipe clean with a damp cloth. No chemical cleaners, please! Leave that to us.

♦  The included batteries are good for 5 hours of continuous play, so be sure to turn off Cubetto when you're not using the coding tiles. You can still play with it when it's off. If you have additional batteries, you may use them, but be sure to return the Cubetto with the original batteries.

♦  If any part of the kit breaks, contact the library. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.

Cubelets Robot Kits

We’re excited to offer Cubelets Robot Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! Cubelets is an educational robot building kit best for ages 4 and up. Younger children will need supervision.

Cubelets activities are self-guided with the included instruction booklet, so you can teach yourself to make and play with the robot blocks. A device is not necessary for beginner and intermediate activities, but some of the more advanced coding functions only work in conjunction with Cubelets Console, which you can access at https://console.modrobotics.com/. To use Cubelets Console, you will need a desktop, laptop, or tablet with Bluetooth and internet.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  9 cubelets
♦  3 square plastic pieces
♦  21 activity cards
♦  1 flashlight
♦  1 charging cable
♦  1 instructional booklet

Interested in checking out a Cubelets Robot Kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. To make sure kits are available to lots of patrons, there is a limit of one kit at a time per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-20-0024-20].

The library also hosts in-person Tecreation programs at the library and other community locations, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona.

About Cubelets

For more information about using Cubelets at home, check out Cubelets’ Getting Started Guide. You can also read free starter lesson plans all about exploring Cubelets, tailored to different age groups.

Cubelets Robot Kit care tips

This kit is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

♦  Take care of the kit for the next person. Don’t throw, drop, or kick the pieces, and don’t try to take individual pieces apart.

♦  Keep the Cubelets in sight when you are using them. Use the Cubelets indoors only. A hard surface, like a table, is best.

♦  When you are finished charging the battery Cubelet, take it off the charger.

♦  If any part of the kit breaks, contact the library. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.

littleBits Circuit Kits

We’re excited to offer littleBits Circuit Kits for checkout at Winona Public Library! littleBits is an educational circuit-building kit best for ages 8 and up. littleBits activities are self-guided with the included instruction booklet, so you can teach yourself to make and play with the circuit pieces. You do not need a device.

Here’s what you’ll find in each kit:

♦  5 circuit pieces
♦  11 accessories
♦  1 9V battery
♦  1 instructional booklet

Interested in checking out a littleBits Circuit Kit? Fill out this request form, and we will contact you. Checkout time is four weeks, with no renewals allowed. To make sure kits are available to lots of patrons, there is a limit of one kit at a time per household.

These kits are available as part of Tecreation @ WPL, a new makerspace program made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act [LS 00-20-0024-20].

The library also hosts in-person Tecreation programs at the library and other community locations, and we’re committed to bringing these experiences to youth across Winona.

About littleBits

For more information about using littleBits at home, check out littleBits’ At-Home Guide. You can also see a curriculum of different lessons you can try with this kit.

littleBits Kit care tips

This kit is designed for use by kids, but be nice to it! Here are some dos and don’ts:

♦  Take care of the kit for the next person. Don’t throw, drop, or kick the pieces, and don’t try to take individual pieces apart. Don't twist or crimp the wire bits.

♦  Keep the littleBits in sight when you are using them. Use the littleBits indoors only. A hard surface, like a table, is best.

♦  Don't try to clean the littleBits. Leave that to us!

♦  Keep littleBits away from children under 3.

♦  If any part of the kit breaks, contact the library. Email us at winonapl@selco.info, or call youth services at 452-4592.