EARLY LEARNING TIPS
- Read with your child every day.
It's not important what you read. The time you spend together will help your children develop a love of reading.
Talk about the story as you read. If you're waiting for your holds to be ready for pick up at the library, a magazine, photo album or brochures will do.
- Talk about the pictures or make up your own story.
- It’s okay to read just a little bit of a book. Try board books, the pages are sturdy so you don't have to worry about your baby ripping any pages. We want children to play with their books.
- You don’t even have to read. You can just talk about the pictures.
- You are your child's first teacher, let them see you like reading too.
- Words are everywhere: on store fronts, bus stops, and cereal boxes. Show these words to your child.
EARLY LITERACY ACTIVITIES
September 1st is World Primate Day. Read about monkeys!
Sit with your child on your lap and point to the words in a simple picture book as you read them.
When you’re reading a story together, pause when something is about to happen and say, “I wonder what’s going to happen next.” Give your child time to think and respond.
Read together, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin or any other book with repetitive text. Repetition is key when mastering new skills.
GET A LIBRARY CARD
September is library card sign up month. Get your child their own card https://oaklandlibrary.org/using-library/library-cards
Any California resident is eligible to get an Oakland Public Library card.
Check out recommended reads for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
ENJOY STORYTIME ONLINE
Watch OPL Staff share storytime on YouTube
What books does your child enjoy?