EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM
for ages 0 – 4 years old
Sign up online or in the Children’s Room (NOTE: If you are signed up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten this is your summer extension) : And then come into get your registration bag! You’ll find sheets with activities to fill out and also a game board to read each night to be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.
Download: Early Literacy Activity Sheet AND Early Literacy Game Board
Note: Do the activities that are age appropriate (you will actually be surprised at how many even very young children can do) and adapt those that you need to, depending on your child’s age!
Come into the Library to get your packet and have your child decorate a VIR pass (very important reader!)
Do the literacy activities listed on the sheet and read. For every 4 nights of reading, you can make a audience member for our rock concert! You will also add to our donation to Hungry for Music!
Reward: Your child increases their pre-reading skills and you’ll be helping them to grow into independent readers by the time they start school! Also, finish one literacy activity sheet and get a free book! Just bring it in when you’ve completed it.
On August 14th, come to the Ice Cream Party! At this event will be games, ice cream, and live animals presented by Creature Teachers, which will be great for all ages.
Why do the Activities on these Sheets?
By doing the activities on the sheet you are laying the important foundation your child needs to be a strong reader. To help build early literacy, you should think about these skills that children need to master to decode the alphabet and then comprehend text.
- Names of letters and letter sounds
- Letters in print represent the sounds and make words
- Be able to hear the sounds in words and play with them
- Know easy site words
- Build a strong and big vocabulary (know the meaning of words)
- Have background knowledge to understand texts (very important!)
- Be able to comprehend texts and their meaning as a whole not just the words.
There are five activities that will help with all of these:
How easy is that? You’re probably already doing these things!
Click HERE for some ideas of how to do each one of these from Association of Library Services to Children.
Here are some great sites to visit for activity ideas:
National Children’s Literacy Website
This menu contains facts and great hands-on tips for how to read, when to read, and literacy activities.http://www.child2000.org/lit-tipsMenu.htm
Center for Early Literacy
Practical tools and activities for parents:http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php
National multimedia literacy initiative for teachers, parents, and librarians with information and activities. http://www.readingrockets.org/
Fred Rogers Center
This site is great for discussion of media usage with the birth – five age. It contains the Early Literacy Environment (Ele) which is a resource for parents and early educators about early language and media literacy activities. http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/
Great resource for parent activities and information: http://www.pbs.org/parents/
Boston Children’s Museum
Resources for parents and teachers to use with all ages:
Two children’s librarians with YouTube videos and book recommendations for storytime activities: http://jbrary.com/
American Library Association
Booklist for babies and toddlers
American Academy of Pediatrics
Recommendations about how to read to children of different ages
The Book Hive
Online booklists divided by genres and topics: http://www.cmlibrary.org/bookhive/
New York Public Library
Booklists for all ages and types (they update them every year!) and other resources