Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ready to Read

Reading is a part of the daily routine at our house. We finish dinner, pay for a few minutes, then the kids take baths and read before drifting off to sleep.

When Big Girl was a toddler we would read for 30 or 45 minutes a night. Snuggled up together with a pile of board books. It was a really special time for us to spend together that I will never forget. As she has gotten older and learned to read on her own, I am so glad that we spent the time together with books early on.

I recently learned about a new initiative called Every Child Ready to Read (ECR2R) that helps parents (and other folks around little ones) help children prepare for reading.

ECR2R focuses on five simple skills – talking, singing, reading, writing and playing are familiar and easy for parents to integrate into everyday life, with the use of books and literature. Demonstrations and research have shown that by using these simple practices, children develop early literacy skills that will make them successful readers.

In our area, as well as many others nationwide, librarians incorporate these skills into library programs for young children. And - they are teaching parents how to incorporate them into routines at home.

At the story time we recently attended they talked for just a moment about how songs help kids learn by repeating. The librarian said its as easy as repeating a song about letters that we were getting ready to sing throughout the day.

Here is Wake County, libraries are now offering more than 150 weekly programs for young children, more than doubling the number of programs previously provided. To find out about children's programs, you can call or visit your local library. If you are in the Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, etc. area you can visit to find a story time that works for you - they even have them in the evenings and on Saturdays!

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