What is Early Literacy?

Early Literacy refers to the pre-reading and pre-writing skills a child should know before starting Kindergarten. Every Child Ready to Read has defined 5 early literacy practices to help parents and caregivers nurture early literacy anytime and anywhere.

The 5 practices are as follows:
Talk, Read, Sing, Write, Play

· Talk about the activity or book you are sharing with your child.
· Sing or make up songs while doing chores, building blocks, etc.
· Read books, magazines, road signs, and more with your child.
· Write the letters of the alphabet, create a story, or draw shapes.
· Play with words, books, or toys to reinforce your child’s early literacy skills.

You will find here the Every Child Ready to Read site along with many others which explain in more detail the components of early literacy as well as some sites about early childhood in general.  For information about the free early literacy classes available to you & your child at the library, check our Read, Rhyme & Romp & Storytime pages. 

What is S.T.E.A.M. or S.T.E.M. learning?

The acronym refers to 5 educational principles that children should experience every day.
• Science
• Technology
• Engineering
• Art (not a part of STEM learning)
• Mathematics

Why is it important?
Not only do children need early literacy skills to prepare them for future learning, they also need basic S.T.E.A.M. concepts to help them excel in school.

Basic S.T.E.A.M. concepts include, but are not limited to:
• Shapes (math) • Counting (math)
• Using crayons, pencils, and markers (technology)
• Building with blocks (engineering)
• Listening to music (art)
• Talking about the weather (science)
• Cooking (science, technology, math)
• And MUCH more

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