by Erinn Batykefer
Do you have a little one at home who is headed toward the big “K?” While kindergarten can be scary for some, children who are prepared and who have begun to build literacy skills before heading to kindergarten are known to adapt much more quickly.
To help your child with this big transition, consider signing them up for the Library’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten program! This is a fun, self-directed program that helps build the early literacy skills your child will need to succeed when they make the jump to school. Since you and your youngster read together, any pre-K child and their caregiver are welcome to try 1000 Books before Kindergarten…even infants! There is no such thing as too early when it comes to early literacy.
Signing up is easy—just visit the Library and ask about the program at the circulation desk. Any one of our staff will be able to sign you and your kiddo up, and you’ll go home with a colorful folder with your first tally sheet, early literacy tips that will help focus your reading around important skills, and a place to record your favorite books (so you remember what you’ve read together). You’ll also get a list of recommended books that will help you find new things to read with your child. Each time you and your child finish 100 books, you can visit the library to collect stickers and prizes (like delicious cookies from Tupelo Honey Teas, right next door!), get your next books, and a new tally sheet.
If 1000 books seems like a lot, it is—and it isn’t. If you and your child read just three stories every night before bed, you’ll get through 1000 books in less than a year. You’re free to read whatever you like, and yes—for those of you who have a child who needs to hear The Very Lonely Firefly six times a day—all those repeats count!
Sign up today by stopping in the Millvale Community Library, 213 Grant Avenue in Millvale.