After a short break, we’re back with Preschool Storytime, Baby Bounce Storytime and Little Movers Toddler Storytime! Preschool Storytime will be held every Thursday and Friday during the Fall starting on September 6 and 7. Little Movers will take place on Tuesdays at 9:45am for toddlers and older babies who are more mobile. Do you have a younger baby who is not yet walking? Join us for Baby Bounce on Tuesdays at 11am. Little Movers and Baby Bounce both begin on Tuesday, September 11.
All programs give young children and their caregivers the opportunity to read, sing, bounce and dance together, as well as a playtime afterwards to socialize with other little ones and adults.
During Storytime, research-based practices to promote and develop early literacy are emphasized. These practices include:
Talking: Children learn language and other early literacy skills by listening to their parents and others talk. As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean. They learn about the world around them and important general knowledge.
Singing: Songs are a wonderful way to learn about language. Singing also slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words
Reading: Shared reading is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Reading together increases vocabulary and general knowledge. It helps children learn how print looks and how books work. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.
Writing: Reading and writing go together. Both represent spoken language and communicate information. Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing activities.
Playing: Play helps children think symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words.
These practices can also be used at home with parents and caregivers to help children gain literacy skills and get them ready to read.
We hope to see you at Preschool Storytime on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am from September 6 & 7 through November 15 & 16! Or Little Movers at 9:45am or Baby Bounce Storytime at 11am on Tuesdays from September 11 to November 13!