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Early Literacy: Every Child Ready to Read

We begin to read at an early age and our parents are our first teachers. Here are some great books and materials you can use to support your child's early literacy skills.

Every Child Ready To Read

Storytimes have long focused on children, with parents being secondary. Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library (ECCR) focuses on the parents and caregivers - supporting them in the early literacy development of their children. ECCR emphasizes familiar activities that parents already do with their children - making them intentional in support of the growth and learning of the children. Librarians model these skills (Read, Sing, Talk, Write, Play) during storytimes and give parents the tools they need at home, including confidence.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing Playing Caregivers as Teachers: The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) found that when parents and caregivers are encouraged to teach their children at home, they had positive gains in oral language and cognitive ability skills. Reading and success: 1/6 children who struggle to read in the third grade do not graduate on time. Reading begins before School: Many children learn literacy concepts before they go to school. They begin to interact with readers and writers and try to copy them. They recognize symbols, understand numbers and letters, and can match letters to sounds. Every child Ready to Read: Storytimes are designed to help parents and caregivers develop and practice the tools they need to help their children prepare for success in the years ahead of them. Works Cited Saroj Ghoting (2019) Saroj Ghoting, Donald J. Hernandez and Annie E. Casey Foundation (2011) Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Accessed November 6, 2020. Olivia N. Saracho (2017) Research, policy, and practice in early childhood literacy, Early Child Development and Care, 187:3-4, 305-321, DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1261512 Timothy Shanahan et al. (2017) Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. Jessup: National Institute for Literacy. Accessed November 6, 2020.

Learning to read begins at home, before we even step into a school.

Here at the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, we want to make sure that you are ready to help your child learn to read - before and after they begin school.

We have 5 skills to help you out - and you already do them at home!

  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Writing
  • Playing
  • Talking

We have many great books to support your Reading Skills and our librarians are happy to help you find them.

Don't forget to check out our storytimes for more support to raise a reader.

5 Raise a Reader Skills Talk: Talking with children helps to develop their vocabulary and understanding. Use new words, take turns, make connections. Write: Children learn the puprose and meaning of reading through writing. Find opportunities to draw or write look for letters everywhere, let children see you writing. Sing: Singing slows down words and helps you enunciate them clearly so that children can hear them better. Sing lullabies, pay attention to rhyme, clap with the beat to notice the rhythm. Play: Playing with children gives them opportunities to think symbolicaly, and to put thoughts into words. Retell stories you've read or know by acting them out, tell stories with toys they love, use toys to create and discuss patterns, colors, and more. Read:Reading is the single most important way to get children ready to read. Let children see you reading and enjoying it, take time in your day to read with your child, talk about the pictures and point out new words. Thanks for raising readers with NSU's Alvin Sherman Library. If you want to learn more, join us at weekly storytimes.

Raise a Reader Storytimes
NSU's Alvin Sherman Library

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