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First Steps for Ages 0 to 5

First Steps to Lifelong LearningFirst 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. 

 

Talking
First Steps KidChildren 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
First Steps KidSinging 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
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.

Writing
First Steps KidChildren 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.  

Playing
First Steps KidPlay 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. 

Looking for stories to read with your kids?  Check out Tumblebooks, an online collection of animated, talking picture books. Or check out an ebook or audiobook from our Overdrive or Hoopla Collection.   Go to the Kids eReading Room. 

Are you watching our Little Readers Theater on Facebook Live?  Join us in person or watch them later on YouTube.  We've collected lots of other YouTube storytimes as well!

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