Birth to Six
Help your child learn how to learn
Cover Art Learning about the world helps children get ready to read. Children are naturally curious, so encourage your child to ask questions. Talk about possible answers and look for answers together. Our libraries are full of engaging and richly illustrated nonfiction books, such as the ones featured on the Science and Nature book list, for young learners. Ask Us to help you find books on whatever subjects your child is curious about.
posted Mar 19, 2013 by Amy L.

Process not Product
Some time ago, an art instructor visited the ECFE class my daughter and I attend. One of the things she said that struck me is to focus on what your child is experiencing, not what they come up with. Instead of saying, "What did you draw? Is it a tree?" we might say, "How did you make such thick lines there? How do you make thin lines?"

The same goes for reading. Don't worry about getting to the end of the story without interuption. Instead follow your child's lead. Perhaps you will skip portions of the book or even turn back a few pages. Maybe you will stop halfway through and go do something else. Maybe you will even spend the entire time looking at a single page.

The main point is to make the reading experience a positive one. Someday, when your child is struggling with learning to read, it is the positive memories that will help her to work hard to overcome the obstacles to reading.
posted Mar 18, 2013 by Larry Longard

Sing a song!
Cover Art Literacy begins earlier than you might think. From the time they're born, children watch, listen and learn based on the myriad stimuli around them. Books are a great literacy tool, of course, but another means of learning is through songs and fingerplays. As children hear the rhyming words and follow the vocal patterns, language becomes more accessible, not to mention fun!

Don't know where to find these tools? Check out our page of fingerplays and songs and watch librarians demonstrate the motions. You can try these out in a waiting room, in line at the grocery store, during car trips or during your own storytimes at home. You'll be amazed how quickly your child learns, remembers and loves these little treasures.
posted Mar 11, 2013 by Anne Pederson

Sharing eBooks with children
Cover Art Did you know that many picture books, including new and classic titles, are available as eBooks from the library? Just like with traditional print books, the best thing about eBooks is sharing them with children and reading them together as an interactive experience. Reading Rockets offers more tips on making the most of eBooks for children.
posted Mar 8, 2013 by Amy L.

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