Wee Read

A lap-sit program for babies and toddlers.
When Jul 06, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where BBPL Meeting Room
Contact Name
Contact Phone 515-733-2685
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Back for the summer:

Wee Read

We are excited about the return of our lap-sit program, Wee Read! Wee Read is a program designed to promote early literacy for babies and toddlers. We play hand games, do finger plays, play games and read short stories to promote language development and communication skills in very young children.

Remember to sign your baby/toddler up for the Infant/Toddler Summer Reading Challenge. We have a variety of activities geared toward early literacy for you and your child. Complete 30 of the activities (repeats are allowed) and collect a prize just right for you baby/toddler. The program runs from June 3 to August 22.

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What is Early Literacy?

Early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Why READ and PLAY to develop Early Literacy?

Children who are exposed to print-rich environments, full of fun, interactive opportunities to learn language will develop early literacy skills. By reading to your child, having books in your child’s environment, and showing them that reading is fun, your child will develop early literacy skills that will better prepare them for school.

READ to your baby. READ it again!

Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Research also suggests that reading the same book over and over helps build your child's vocabulary, an important component in learning to read.

PLAY promotes Early Literacy

Playing with your child is easy and fun. Talking about your day, singing a favorite song, playing a game like peek-a-boo or drawing in the sand are simple ways to increase language and help your child get ready for school.

Here are some ideas on how to PLAY with your baby:

o Visit the library or attend a storytime.
o Sing the ABC song, or another nursery rhyme.
o Use a puppet or stuffed animal to tell a story.
o Scribble with a crayon. 
o Count his fingers and toes, 1-10.
o Play Peek-a-Boo.
o Blow bubbles and try clapping your hands to pop them.
o Listen to music. Clap or wiggle to the beat.
o Take a walk and name everything you see!
o Do a fingerplay, like The Itsy Bitsy Spider or I’m a Little Teapot.
o Have a basket of books within your child’s reach so he can play with them often.
o Declare a letter of the day and point out everything you see all day that starts with that letter.
o Make a snack together using a recipe.
o Pretend to call your baby on the phone and have a conversation with her.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.