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First Steps - Ages 0 to 5
Get ready to read! Talk, sing, read, write and play with your little one every day! Camden County Library can help you on your way. Visit your local branch, attend a program, and check out some materials. Sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and your children will receive prizes when they achieve reading goals.When your children get their first library cards they will also receive a First Visit Kit with a book to keep and more information on getting ready to read.
Children learn language by talking and listening.
Tip: Discuss what you see together at the grocery store, playground, doctor’s office, library, and other places.
Singing slows down language and helps children hear the different sounds that make up words.
Tip: Clap along to the rhythms in songs so children hear the syllables in words.
Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Read new books, favorites, and everything in-between!
Tip: Read a book together every day and you will reach 1,000 books in less than 3 years.
Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing activities.
Tip: Help strengthen your child’s eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills through scribbling and making marks on paper.
Play helps children express themselves, put thoughts into words, and associate words with objects.
Tip: Encourage your child to make up stories using puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys.