The basis for learning comes from having strong literacy skills. This is why it is important to work on developing literacy and learning skills at an early age. One way to accomplish this is by reading to children at home, as parents are their child’s first teachers. This provides children with the basic early literacy skills that prepare them to learn to read and write.
Here at Growing Futures, we are always finding ways to improve learning and literacy skills for the children that attend our program. One of the ways we accomplish this is with the help of our fantastic community volunteers. Earlier this month, the Johnson County Young Matrons hosted an on-site Dr. Seuss event for the children enrolled in our program. It was a day full of entertainment and learning. As Dr. Seuss books were read aloud, simple questions and predictions were asked of the children. There were also multiple activity stations – from working as a team and communicating verbally to build towers with foam blocks, to working on fine motor skills by using a fishing pole with a magnet to catch fish. Fun and hands-on learning was had by all!
Another great resource that helps us develop and increase family literacy activities is the Johnson County Library! We have a strong partnership with the Johnson County Library that includes embedded librarians, Mr. Bradley and Ms. Dorian, who are here monthly enhancing our literacy efforts. Be sure to stop by a location near you to get a library card to continue reading at home – and also attend on-site events. The Library’s website has great information on its Birth to Six Program – which features six skills by six years: https://www.jocolibrary.org/birth-to-six.