Programs for Pre-K: Early Literacy at KFPL
At the Kinsman Library, we understand the importance fostering early literacy and have developed programming specifically for children ages birth through Pre-K and their caregiver(s) to make early learning fun! The following programs are designed with your early learner in mind:
- Music & Movement
- Toddling Toward Reading
- Explore & More Storytime
- Tap n' Read Storytime
- Toddler Play Group
- Preschool Play Group
What is Early Literacy?
Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.
Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences - parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval.
Read to Succeed!
A study of 3- to 5-year-olds who had been read to at least three times per week found the children:
- Two times more likely to recognize all letters.
- Two times more likely to have word-sight recognition.
- Two times more likely to understand words in context
Check out the following websites for more information on Early Literacy Development.
Every Child Ready to Read
Public Library Association's page on Early Literacy
ALA's United for Libraries
Talking is Teaching