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More Than Just Books

February 28,2019

Most people know that libraries loan books to patrons, but if you haven’t visited your local library recently you may be surprised to learn that libraries offer so much more than books. Many libraries offer fun, free events, too. Visiting zoo animals, anyone? Check. Craft activities for children to make. Check. Family game night. Check.

There are all sorts of fun, free, educational events at public libraries these days. Visit your local library’s website to discover what offerings are available near you. Then grab your family and head to the library for high quality, educational fun. And while you are there be sure to check out some books!

 

Words, Words, Everywhere

January 23,2019

Consider this. Long before they can read, many children effortlessly learn the logos of favorite products. And thanks to the ever-present STOP sign, the word stop is often one of the very first words children learn to read. These facts demonstrate the power of written words in a child’s environment.

Preschool and Kindergarten teachers often harness this power by placing labels on objects in their classrooms so that children begin to associate written words with the items that are labeled. Here’s how it works. At first children suss out the connection between objects and labels. (“This label is attached to a lamp, so it must say lamp.”) Later, once they’ve learned letters and their sounds, they’ll understand that the word on a label not only represents a particular object but also the sounds we use to describe that object. And so begins the road to reading.

Want to try this at home? It is quick and easy to do. Just search online for free-to-print labels and attach them to objects in your home. Although children do not learn to read via osmosis, labels in their environment can be beneficial (especially for struggling readers). Try it at home and see how long it takes your children to learn to read the labels you post.

 

You Are Not Alone

November 27,2018

Do you have a child for whom learning to read is especially difficult? Has it ever crossed your mind that your child might learn differently? If so, you may be glad to know that help is available – and best of all, it is free!

The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Technical Assistance Centers across the country. These centers provide parents with free information regarding learning differences, other disabilities, early intervention, school services, therapy, and more. The centers also provide one-on-one consultations which can be invaluable.

So, if you have a nagging feeling that perhaps your child does learn differently, trust your instincts and have your child tested. For information regarding where to have your child tested, (or, if your child has already been diagnosed and you need support regarding next steps) visit your Parent Technical Assistance Center website or pick up the phone and call for advice. You and your child may be very glad that you did.