Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers – Early and Emergent Literacy Program
Books • Rhymes • Crafts • Music • Movement
Join us as we celebrate and promote early and emergent literacy at the Transylvania County Library.
TUESDAYS June 6-July 25 (except July 4) (see below for time schedule)
SATURDAYS August 5 & 19 at 11:00 AM (ages birth – 5)
Tuesday Hullabaloo time schedule:
10:00 – 10:30 Squirm & Toddle for ages birth through 2 years
10:30 – 11:00 Crafty Kids for ages 2 – 5
11:00 – 11:30 Preschool Storytime for ages 3 – 5
Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly more complex. During early speech and language development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy (reading and writing). This stage, known as emergent literacy, begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.
From birth, babies listen to language patterns in everyday speech, as well as in rhyming, chanting, and singing – all of these play an important part in literacy development. As they develop, children see and interact with print in everyday situations. In everything from books and magazines to grocery lists, whether at home or in preschool, they are (and should be) encountering language in print well before they start elementary school.
Parents can see their child’s growing appreciation and enjoyment of print as he or she begins to recognize words that rhyme, to scribble with crayons, to point out street signs and symbols, and to name some letters of the alphabet. Gradually, children combine what they know about speaking and listening with what they know about print and become ready to learn to read and write.
That’s what Hullabaloo! at the library is all about. Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, in all stages of development are welcome to our morning of celebration. Ages listed are typical ranges for the group activities. We realize that there will be some individual variance and we ask that you pay attention to your child’s signals to know what he/she is ready for, or ask us if you are not sure.