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Launch into outer space in the Early Literacy Center!

June 8, 2019

Photo of astronaut helmet on the "mission control" station in the ELC

This summer, blast off with your child in the Marathon County Public Library's Early Literacy Center (ELC)! Throughout the summer months, you can help your child build his or her pre-reading skills in a fun, interactive outer spaced-themed environment! 

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before learning how to read and write. 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).

In the months of June and July, visit MCPL Wausau for a space-themed adventure geared towards children birth-age 5 that will help them to build these early literacy skills. To go with the theme of our Summer Library Program of "A Universe of Stories," children can dress as an astronaut and prepare for takeoff with our interactive mission control panel! This is not only fun for the kids but also beneficial for their minds, as dramatic play encourages narrative skills and helps build vocabulary.

Sing the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with your child and use the flannel board to add a visual element to the song. There is also a “Five Little Rockets” rhyme to act out at the flannel wall as well. Hearing rhymes and songs aids with phonological awareness. At the magnetic wall, play with the planets and match their names to the actual planet. You can also spell out space words with your child. This will help with vocabulary, letter knowledge and background knowledge!

Kids can also practice their writing skills at the Galaxy Goo Station. Have your child practice writing letters, their name, and more at this fun sensory station. We will also have a wide variety of informational books, picture books, and board books about outer space readily available for you and your child to read together.

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 in the ELC, click here. Or visit us today in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ….



Children Library Early Literacy Learning

image credit: pic taken by Dan R.