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Every Child Ready to Read @ TPL
Last year, over a third of Ohio's 130,000 kindergarteners arrived on their very first day of school not prepared to succeed as learners. Public libraries throughout Ohio are determined to help solve this devastating problem.
The Children’s Librarians at Twinsburg Public Library have been trained in a national early literacy initiative called, Every Child Ready to Read. This initiative has been designed to teach parents, caregivers, and educators about six early literacy skills, important information about early literacy, and the best techniques for selecting books for children.
About Early Literacy
Early literacy describes what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your child learn important skills now so he can become a good reader. According to research, developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school.
- Talking - Children learn language skills by listening to their parents and others talk. Provide your child with opportunities to talk to you, not just listen.
- Singing - Singing is a wonderful way to learn language. Sing the alphabet to learn letters or sing nursery rhymes to hear different sounds in words.
- Reading - Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Reading increases vocabulary and general knowledge. Read every day.
- Writing - Reading and writing go together, they both represent spoken language and communicate information. Writing begins with scribbles and other marks. Encourage this by providing many opportunities to draw and write.
- Playing - Play helps children think symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and expierences. Give your child plenty of playtime.
These skills are easy to practice with your children. You and your child can enjoy them throughout the day wherever you and your child spend time together.