Due to the Pandemic, we will aim to provide small, brief times for children to come and hear songs and sensory play in the Exhibition Room. You can view some of our previous Baby Play Date videos on our Youtube Playlist. If you would like a virtual option, or have any questions, please email Miss Kate at email@example.com.
Preschool Storytime –
Well, the weather has changed, and our plan is to hold our Preschool Storytimes in the Exhibition Room from now on. Masks are still required for those 2+. If you would prefer a virtual option, or have any questions please email Miss Kate at MillerK@stls.org
If you just can’t wait for storytimes, you can check out our library of recorded stories here.
Sessions are free and do not require registration. These literacy enhanced library storytimes are based on the national Every Child Ready to Read initiative and incorporate six key literacy skills into fun programs through the five main practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. We use stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and other activities to help achieve early literacy goals. Registration is not required for these drop-in programs.
Pre-literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. You can help your child be ready to read, starting from birth. Research has shown there are six preliteracy skills that your child needs in order to read:
- Print Motivation (Reading is fun!): Children who enjoy books and being read to will want to learn how to read for themselves.
- Print Awareness (Look at words): Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and understand that print is useful.
- Letter knowledge (Know your letters): Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children figure out how to say written words.
- Vocabulary (Learn new words): The more words children know, the better able they are to recognize words and understand what they read.
- Phonological Awareness (Sound out words): Being aware of the small sounds that make up words helps children sound out written words as they begin to read.
- Narrative Skills (Tell a story): Being able to tell or retell stories develops comprehension skills that will help children understand what they read.
Activities you do to support these skills will help children on their way to becoming great readers! To get hands-on experience for you and your child attend any of our Library Storytimes where we demonstrate the Every Child Ready to Read skills and do fun activities. The most important thing to remember is to talk, share, laugh, and have fun reading together!