video by Valle Blair, Youth Services Consultant, CCLS
The value of nursery rhyme story times –
Ready to Read at New York Libraries is a library staff training program, preparing staff to help parents & caregivers develop early literacy skills in their young children so they will be equipped to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. For young children, especially those under the age of 3, home is their primary source of educational stimulation. We at the library need to help parents & caregivers with becoming their child’s first teacher.
By helping parents & caregivers learn the importance of talking, singing, reading, writing, & playing with their children from the beginning, they will help their children develop the skills needed to be ready to learn to read.
“If parents understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent—and every adult caring for a child—read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.” — Mem Fox Reading Magic