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Dig up some fun at MCPL Wausau’s Early Literacy Center

Photo of construction-themed ELC

August 1, 2019

Along with summer comes road construction, so our youth services staff at MCPL Wausau has designed a fun, interactive space in our Early Literacy Center for young children to learn all about construction!

Throughout the month of August, children can dress up like a construction worker using goggles, a hardhat and more at our dramatic play center; build with wooden blocks; and drive model diggers and cars around the carpeted town. You can read the story Tip Tip Dig Dig (one of my personal favorites) and then re-tell the story using flannel pieces. There are plenty of construction puzzles, magnets, sorting activities and, of course, a vast array of construction books to enjoy together. The construction theme will be up through the month of August 2019.

MCPL Wausau's Early Literacy Center offers an array of materials and activities to teach children ages 0-5 years old about reading and writing before they learn how. Early literacy skills include background knowledge (how the world works), vocabulary, phonological awareness (knowing the smaller sounds in words), letter knowledge, narrative skills (telling a story), and print awareness (knowing that print has meaning and how a book works). If you ever have any questions about early literacy, please ask our trained staff at the children’s desk. We are here to help you and your child find books, get ready for school, and instill a love of reading. 

To see pictures of all the fun activities being offered this month in the ELC, click here. For more information, call 715-261-7220. 

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image credit: taken by Taylor Weinfurter