Early Learning

Demco Activity Calendar June 2021

Early Literacy Activities Calendar

Storytime and visits to the library don’t have to stop here!  Encourage curious kids to keep growing between library visits with the Early Literacy Calendar from DEMCO!  Early Literacy is not about teaching your child to read, but what to teach them so they can eventually learn how to read. The American Library Association encourages parents and caregivers to maximize their child’s reading ability through the development of 5 simple practices: reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.

Packed full of fun activities, this calendar encourages families to spend time together while learning to read, singing songs, discovering science, and much more.  Feel free to print out this colorful calendar each month for inspiration... and HAVE FUN! 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Safety for Children Birth to 5 Years

Let's start the summer with good water safety habits. Supervision and a life jacket are two of the most important things you can provide to protect your child from drowning. Find more information in the article Water Safety for Children Birth to 5 Years from Seattle Children's at www.seattlechildrens.org.

 

 

 

Baby Sign Language

If you've been attending our virtual Baby Time, you might have learned a sign or 2 by now! We share a new baby sign every month and practice using it. A few parents have reported back to us that their little one is using the signs already! Here are a few to get you started. American Sign Language is one way for your infant or toddler to communicate with you before they can speak the words. Try it out! 

Or look over some of our recorded Baby Times on our storytime page or YouTube channel

 

photo of maother and baby talking to each other

Talking & Singing

As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean. This will help children understand the meaning of what they read.

  • Make sure your children have a lot of opportunities to talk with you, not just listen to you talk.
  • Respond to what your children say and extend the conversation. 
  • If English isn’t your first language, speak to your children in the language you know best. This allows you to explain things more so your children will learn more.

SINGING

Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. This helps when children begin to read printed language. 

  • Sing the alphabet song to learn about letters. 
  • Clap along to the rhythm in songs so children hear the syllables in words.
  • When you sing, babies are drawn to the sound of your voice and to the playful sounds of words and rhymes.
photo of mother reading with babies

Reading

Reading together helps children learn how books work. Shared reading also helps children develop an interest in reading and want to learn to read themselves.

  • Point to words and letters. Name the letters and make their sounds.
  • Read to your children in the language that is most comfortable for you so you can talk about the book more.
  • Make reading together an enjoyable activity, and your child will want to repeat it again and again.
Photo of kids and parents writing together

Writing

Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing. Both reading and writing represent spoken language and communicate information. 

  • Writing begins with scribbles and marks. Give your children many opportunities to draw and write. Keep crayons, markers or magnetic letters within reach.
  • Encourage babies to grip toys, which helps build their hand muscles so they can write later on.
  • Talk to your children about what they draw, and write captions or stories together.