Benefits of Story Time
Libraries are known for story times! The two go hand in hand. They can be a great way to have some free fun entertainment with your child but story time is much much more. Whenever you look at early literacy, you find there are essential practices in getting ready to read. Children need to play, sing, talk, read, and play--and story time is a great place to do it!
"Learning to read and write doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade. Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Learn how adults—parents, grandparents, and teachers—play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners."
During story time, you may sing, read, dance, complete a craft, and play with toys. It is during these activities that your child is getting to know sounds, words and language, learning that reading is fun, participating in cooperative play, developing communication skills, practicing social skills, building vocabulary, strengthening fine motor skills, following directions, unleashing creativity, fostering a love of reading and books and becoming a life long reader!
Story time can also develop important school readiness skills like how to sit still for extended periods of time, pay attention to adults other than parents, take turns, and be reasonably quiet.
With all these benefits, you should be sure to check out MRCPL's story time schedule. You can help foster your child's love of books and reading! We hope to see you soon!