The Marshes of Glynn Libraries is launching a family engagement outreach project called Take 5 that will begin the week of August 22 and continue through the week of September 19. This is the third phase for this project, which has been expanded from all Glynn County Schools pre-kindergarten classrooms to Head Start and private daycares or childcare centers.
The goal of Take 5 is to provide parents and caregivers with information about practices they can use with their children to prepare them for learning to read. For five consecutive weeks, students will receive a bag to take home that contains books, toys, and activities grouped according to one of the five themes: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
In addition to the books and toys included in each bag, caregivers will receive a bilingual flyer with information about the importance of each week’s activity focus, suggestions for these activities, and a link to a quick survey.
Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are the five early literacy practices identified by research for the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read® program. Each one represents an easy activity that parents or caregivers can do with their child to prepare them for learning to read.
Learn more about each of the five practices below.
- Children learn by listening to their parents and others talk.
- They learn new words and what they mean.
- They learn about the world around them.
- This helps children understand what they read.
- Talking with children helps them learn to speak better.
- Songs are a wonderful way to learn about language.
- Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words.
- Singing and rhyming help children learn and repeat the sounds in our language.
- This helps children to read.
- Reading together is the most important way to help children get ready to read.
- It increases the number of words children know. It helps children learn how words look and how books work.
- It helps children develop an interest in reading. Children are more likely to want to learn to read themselves if they enjoy it.
- Writing and reading go together.
- Writing and reading are connected to spoken language.
- Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds.
- It helps children learn that printed words have meaning.
- Scribbling is the first step in learning to write.
- Playing is an important way for young children to learn about the world.
- It helps them understand that words stand for real things.
- Playing helps children express themselves and put their thoughts into words.
- Children learn about language through play.
- Playing helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.
The most recent phase of this project is made possible with financial support from Georgia’s Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading (L4GA) Grant. Previous phases of the project were made possible with financial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation Phoenix Fund, and the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island.
More information about the federal IMLS grant award [ARPML-250474-OMLS-22] is available on the IMLS website.