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Kindergarten Carnivals will Help Promote Early Literacy at Library in 2013

02/28/2013

Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) knows how important early literacy is to families and the community. That’s why PPLD’s Children’s Department has created the Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival, an early literacy program designed to get families interacting with one another in ways that are both fun and effective in improving early literacy skills.

Five Carnivals at multiple library locations in early 2013 will teach parents and caregivers five simple but powerful practices they can use to help young children get ready to read. These five practices are incorporated into Every Child Ready to Read workshops and can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn early literacy skills. The five early literacy practices are:

Talking
Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.

Singing
Singing, which also includes rhyming, increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).

Reading
Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.

Writing
Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.

Playing
Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.

“Our librarians will introduce parents to the resources that are available within the community and the importance of reading to kids and promoting reading as a family value,” said Children’s Department Manager Nancy Maday. “For each of the five practices, there will be two to three activities for parents and children to engage in, along with ideas to try at home, and each child gets to take home a free book.”

Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival is free and open to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, preschool teachers, and other caregivers. There are no reservations required for these drop-in programs:

Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. - noon – Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor
Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Ruth Holley Library, 685 N. Murray Blvd.
Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Manitou Springs Library, 701 Manitou Ave.