“You don’t need to be an early childhood literacy expert to help your son or daughter become a strong reader and writer. A few basic ideas and activities pursued diligently will pay big dividends and set your child on the road to full literacy.”
Read to your child daily. The single most important and helpful thing you can do is set aside 20 minutes or more regularly.
Talk to your child. Engage your child in conversation and ask lots of questions.
Limit TV Time. Television distracts children from play and interaction with others.
Choose Activities that Build Background Knowledge. Every activity you do with your child is an opportunity to build knowledge, vocabulary, and language skill.
Be a Reader, Raise a Reader. The more books in the home, the better. Demonstrate by example the importance of literacy in your life.
Source: Hirsch, Jr., E.D. (2013) What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know. New York, NY. Bantam Books.
Early literacy 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.
Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
How does the 1,000 Books program work?
Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. The program is self-paced and can take a few months to a few years, depending on how often you read together. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten.
How do I sign-up?
Register in the children’s room and receive a free Early Literacy folder. Keep track of books on a fun log as you read them, and receive prizes when you reach milestones along the way. (100, 250, 500, 750, 1,000 books.)
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.