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Hullabaloo Online Storytime
December 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Join us online as we celebrate and promote early and emergent literacy at the Transylvania County Library. These family storytimes are geared towards children birth to five years and their caregivers. The pre-recorded storytime will be posted on the Library’s Facebook page at 10am. The YouTube link will also be posted here for the most current online storytime: https://youtu.be/FTbq9Juz3C4 (January 19, 2021). Storytimes will remain posted and available for two weeks.
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, in all stages of development with their parents and caregivers are welcome to our morning of celebration. 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.