TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, AND PLAY
Help prepare young children to be readers with these five simple activities that are fun yet powerful ways to encourage early learning.
Children learn about language by listening and joining in the conversation. Talk as you play and choose books that interest your children to talk about!
Fingerplays, rhymes and songs slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.
Shared reading gets children ready to read. Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.
Encourage your children to write or draw. A first step to writing is to stimulate small motor muscle control with toys and art supplies.
Children learn language by interacting with others and also with their physical surroundings.
Follow these links to websites to support early literacy and parenting:
Please check in with Cricket at Story time to get a reading log.
Children and Parents can enjoy reading together OR children can read alone using this interactive database from inside the library. To use Speakaboos from home/outside the library, please call the service desk at 970-479-2187 to obtain a user name and password.
There are over 200 stories that allow parents to read to a child, allow children to read and play interactively, or read a story themselves.
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is the “pink ribbon” campaign of parent engagement and early childhood learning. We hope to reach 250 million Americans by 2022 with the Campaign. We expect reading aloud 15 minutes every day to be the parenting standard for our nation. Information: http://www.readaloud.org/index.html.