We are dedicating each day of the week to one of the five practices developed through the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Readinitiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every day we will post a prompt to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to give families concrete ideas for practice.
Talking with and around young children helps build vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be to sound them out when the time comes. And talking builds narrative skills, helping children understand how words and sentences fit together to tell stories and impart information.
Singing involves sounding different syllables on different notes, helping children understand how words can be separated into smaller parts. And many songs include rhyme and meter, giving children experience with the patterns of language.
Reading to children allows them to associate books and stories with closeness and intimacy, making it an especially treasured activity. And reading near and around children lets them see how reading operates, and know it is valued by the important adults in their lives.
Writing helps children understand that words on the page originated as someone else’s thoughts and ideas. Practicing writing can include both handwriting, building fine motor skills with a pencil or crayon, and composition, arranging alphabet blocks or magnetic letters into words.
Playing builds bonds between parent and child, supporting all of the other practices (and making life happy, to boot). Creative play fosters healthy imagination, preparing children to dive into other people’s stories, and create stories of their own.
We believe parents are a child’s first and best teacher. Our kits are filled with books, activities, and games for children and information for adults.
Early Literacy Kits (for ages birth through 5) help parents understand and use the five practices that help prepare children for literacy: Talking, Singing, Playing, Reading, and Writing. There are also two narrative storytelling kits that will develop early literacy skills through storytelling.
Preschool Theme Kits (for ages 3-5) let young children explore the world, and get ready for school. With themes like Animals, Weather, and Colors, each kit includes books, toys or games, teaching resources, activities, songs and fingerplays, as well as a DVD or CD.
Since Time Immemorial Kits(for ages 2-8) were created specifically for residents of Whatcom County to improve knowledge and understanding of the local tribal nations.
The kit themes are modeled around and expand upon the early learning section of the “Since Time Immemorial” (STI) Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State curriculum developed through the Office of Native Education/Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). They include many books to read aloud as well as teaching resources, videos, cds, puppets and locally produced stories and photos.
A time to sing, rhyme, dance and move for young children (birth to five) and their caregivers. Join Youth Services staff via Zoom as they lead the group in an active, participatory program.