Great Falls Public Library Helps Every Child Get Ready To Read
Great Falls Public Library is offering workshops for parents and other caregivers, along with their children from birth to age five, to demonstrate how to use these practices to develop important language and literacy skills that facilitate learning to read and comprehension. These free workshops will be held at the following times.
· Friday, September 20; 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Cordingley Room
· Tuesday, October 22; 11:00am to 12:30pm in the Cordingley Room
· Saturday, November 16; 3:00pm to 4:30pm in the Cordingley Room
Learning to read begins before children start school. Young children need to develop important language and literacy skills before they can actually learn to read.
Parents and other caregivers can start now to help their children develop these skills. Our workshops demonstrate how parents can use five familiar and easy-to-use practices to develop language and other early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.
Each of the Every Child Ready to Read® workshop explains why the skills are so important, demonstrates how to help children learn the skills, provides titles of high-interest books that are age appropriate, and sends parents and caregivers home with early literacy activities they can incorporate into their family’s daily routine.
According to Nola Huey, Youth Services Librarian, children who start kindergarten with well-developed early literacy skills have an advantage.
“Reading is essential to school success,” said Miss Huey. "Children who start school ready to learn to read have greater success throughout their school years.”
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® was developed by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), divisions of the American Library Association, in conjunction with national reading and education experts. The newly released second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® offers research-based practices that adults and children can enjoy together while helping children learn early literacy or pre-reading skills. The practices are talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
For more information, contact Nola Huey, Youth Services Librarian, 406-453-0349 ext 215.
Children need to develop certain skills before they can learn to read.
Parents and other significant caregivers are a child's first and best teachers. They can help children develop early literacy skills beginning at birth so that children are ready to learn to read once they begin school.
Talking: Talking with children helps develop all six skills, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness. vocabulary, narrative skill, and print motivation.
Singing: Singing and rhyming are especially effective at developing letter knowledge phonological awareness, and vocabulary.
Reading: Reading also helps children learn all six skills
Writing: Writing helps children learn about print, letters. phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills.
Playing: Play is a way children can learn all six skills.