The Lorain Public Library System Helps Every Child Get Ready to Read
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. Every Child Ready to Read®, a national research-based program, demonstrates 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.
The Lorain Public Library System offers programs that explain why the skills are so important, demonstrate how to help children learn the skills, provide titles of high-interest books that are age appropriate, and send parents and caregivers home with early literacy activities they can incorporate into their family’s daily routine.
The programs are based on research about language, early literacy skills, and how children learn. We know that children from birth to age five learn primarily through interactions with their parents and other important adults in their lives as well as from their environment. Every Child Ready to Read® gives parents and other caregivers simple, but powerful ways to help children develop the language and other skills they need to learn to read.
According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), the divisions of the American Library Association that developed Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, parents and other caregivers are in the best position to help young children learn these skills because:
- Parents know their children best and can help them learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.
- Young children have short attention spans. Parents and caregivers can engage children in language and literacy activities for short bits of time throughout the day.
- Parents are tremendous role models–children are more likely to want to read if they see that their parents value and enjoy reading.
- Children learn best by doing—and they love doing things with their parents.
Parents can give children a tremendous advantage in school and in life by helping prepare them for reading success. For more information about scheduling an early literacy program as well as other materials and resources for parents and caregivers, stop in at any Lorain Public Library System location or the Bookmobile.
Our Libraries also offer a variety of free story programs throughout the year. These story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers help children begin an appreciation for books and reading. The story programs feature pre-reading skills for parents and children including finger plays, music, rhythm and crafts. Click here for details about upcoming programs, or contact your local Lorain Public Library System Library.
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