Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school, even from birth. The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with language, books, and stories is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read. Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher.
To assist parents and caregivers in helping their children develop pre-reading skills, the Keck Memorial Library has Early Lit Storytime Kits available for checkout. The themed kits contain the five practices of early literacy: Read, Talk, Sing, Write and Play. Each kit contains books, rhymes, songs and other activities to help reinforce skills and basic concepts such as the colors, shapes, opposites, matching, and more.
Kits available are “Colors” and “Animals” with more being developed. The kits check out for 2 weeks. A tip sheet is provided in each kit for ideas in using the books and activities in the kit. All activities can be kept.