A few weeks ago Sharon and Mary Ellen from the Youth Services Department attended an all-day workshop (Star Power: Sing Talk and Read, Play On and Write for Easier Reading) at Norton Public Library on early literacy and how to help your child get ready to read using simple, every-day activities. From the time they are infants, children learn language and other important skills that will help them learn to read. Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school. “Every Child Ready to Read,” a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association, addresses these specific skills and assists parents in teaching their children.
It’s never too early or too late to help your child develop language and other early literacy skills. Here are five of the best ways for children to get ready to read: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing! These activities are easy to do with children of all ages. You and your child can enjoy them throughout the day—at home, in the car, or anywhere you and your child spend time together.
Why are parents so important in helping children get ready to read? YOU have been your child’s teacher from the day he or she was born. You know more about your child than anyone else. You are in the best position to help your child get ready to read because:
–Young children have short attention spans. You can do activities for short bits of time throughout the day.
–You know your children best and you can help them learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.
–Parents are tremendous role models—if your children see that you think reading is important and enjoy it, they will follow your lead.
–Children learn best by doing and they love doing things with YOU!
In the next months, Seekonk Library will be working to initiate the Every Child Ready to Read program with the cooperation of PACE/CCW, Families and Communities Engaging (F.A.C.E.) and grant funding from the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. We’re hoping to conduct a parental workshop during the winter of 2014 and follow-up with 4 parent-child workshops. Stay tuned!