to your child early and often.
Quantity helps. This is one of the best ways to develop language.
with your child.
Songs break words into smaller parts - syllables.
to your child.
Check our Blog
for books we've read in library storytimes, and find some quick literacy
Read some of your favorite books. Use this
list of classic stories for ideas. Younger
children may enjoy
Reading to your child is the single best way to help your child learn
to read. Read every day, and talk about the stories. We challenge you
to read 1000 books before Kindergarten! Keep track
of how many times you read your child's favorites (over and over and
over). Bring your child to storytime at the
library and watch Storytimes on Chelmsford telemedia every night
at 7:00, and we will help you meet that goal.
Print out a log book
to keep track of your child's 1000 books.
Or print out a page for every 100 titles: 1-100
| 101-200 | 201-300
| 301-400 | 401-500
| 501-600 | 601-700
| 701-800 | 801-900
Find time every day to read to your
child, and your efforts will result in 1000 books before Kindergarten.
(1 book a day=3 years, 3 books a day=1 year)
and encourage your child to write. Children learn letter names and sounds,
and they learn that words represent ideas, places and events.
with your child.
Children learn how to express themselves, make up stories and develop
fine and gross motor skills while playing. PlaySpace
is offered at the library for 2 and 3 year olds. This program follows
our storytime schedule. We have handouts from
our first year in PlaySpace.
a list of our storytime titles.
We have activity sheets to give you
some ideas each month.
activity sheets that correspond to stories.
3 Little Pigs
and the 3 Bears
Red Riding Hood
Little Red Hen
3 Billy Goats Gruff
Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by
Don and Audrey Woods
Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Went Walking by Sue Williams