Learning to read isn't easy, but there are five simple, yet powerful, ways to help children of any age develop the skills they need before entering kindergarten.
In fact, if you have a young child, or are the caregiver of one, chances are good that you already incorporate them into the time you spend together.
They are: reading, writing, talking, singing and playing.
Although inexpensive and easy to do anytime, these five things are early literacy all-stars, paving the way for children to become successful readers in school.
As a child's first teacher, it's important that parents and caregivers understand how easy it is to work these practices into daily activities and have lots of ways to do so.
A number of library programs planned in the coming months for parents and younger children will help accomplish just that.
Saturdays at the library will be even more fun, thanks to monthly themed early literacy events scheduled at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. A Day at the Fair will be held on Saturday, June 22; A Day at the Beach will be July 20; and A Day at the Movies is planned on Aug. 17. Drop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to participate in these three programs.
Two Every Child Ready to Read programs are planned in August, and both will feature games and activities to help children ages 2-5 get ready to read. Join us for Fun with Math and Science at Northwest Library on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.; Fun with Words is scheduled at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
During library storytimes, children have so much fun they don't realize they're getting a leg up on learning how to read.
Fortunately for parents, each library location has several storytimes scheduled throughout the day, almost every day of the week.
In addition, several special storytimes are planned this summer.
Some feature costumed characters (Maisy will be at the Shops at Worthington Place, 7227 N. High St., on Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.), focus on a particular author or book (Froggy Storytime, Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive) or have a unique theme (First Day Jitters! Storytime -- prepare for the first day of preschool or kindergarten -- Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library).
For more information about how reading, writing, talking, singing and playing can help your child develop language and other early literacy skills, check out the Kids section of the library's website, worthingtonlibraries.org/kids/earlyliteracy.
You can also talk to one of the experts in the children's department of any Worthington Libraries location.
Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.