Learning to read begins before children start school. Young children need to develop important language and literacy skills before they can actually learn to read. Based on research about language, early literacy skills, and how children learn, Every Child Ready to Read® gives parents and other caregivers simple but powerful ways to help children develop the language and other skills they need to learn to read.
According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), the divisions of the American Library Association that developed Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, parents and other caregivers are in the best position to help young children learn these skills because:
· Parents know their children best and can help them learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.
· Young children have short attention spans. Parents and caregivers can engage children in language and literacy activities for short bits of time throughout the day.
· Parents are tremendous role models–children are more likely to want to read if they see that their parents value and enjoy reading.
· Children learn best by doing—and they love doing things with their parents.
Parents can give children a tremendous advantage in school and in life by helping prepare them for reading success. For more information about upcoming Every Child Ready to Read® workshops being offered by the San Antonio Public Library, as well as other materials and resources for parents and caregivers, contact Little Read Wagon at 207-2517.