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Early literacy begins with you

You are your child’s first teacher and your home is where your child begins to learn.  Learning to read begins before children start school.  Developing early literacy skills will make it easier for children to read once they begin school.  Help your child get ready to read with these five simple activities every day.

Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information.

Children learn a lot about language through play.  Playing helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words and to think symbolically.

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

Singing, which also includes rhyming, increases children’s awareness to the sounds in words.  This helps prepare children to read print.

Writing and reading go together.  Scribbling and writing help children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.

How can the library help?
Your library has many resources to help you talk, sing, read, write, and play with your child.  Bring your children to the library and enjoy it together.

In her book Reading Magic, renowned children's author and advocate, Mem Fox outlines this challenge:
"If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent - and every adult caring for a child - read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within a generation.  What's to stop us?"

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