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Storytimes Provide Fun AND Learning!

September 8, 2009

Kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn, and that means it’s time for storytimes to kick into high gear again at all Marathon County Public Library locations.

Storytimes are a fun way for your child to develop several vital early literacy skills*:

  • Print Motivation: Excitement for books and reading.
  • Phonological Awareness: Having fun with the sounds that words make.
  • Enriched Vocabulary: Learning the specific names for lots of things, as well as an increased vocabulary of descriptive adjectives and adverbs.
  • Narrative Skills: The ability to tell a story in their own words.
  • Letter Knowledge: Recognition of letter shapes and the sounds that the letters represent.
  • Print Awareness: Knowing how to hold a book, and understanding that print flows from left to right, and that print works the same whereever is is seen.  Print is everywhere—on signs, on the sides of trucks, on cereal boxes—all waiting to be read!

Bringing your preschool children to storytime will enhance their brain development so that they are better prepared to learn, listen, and participate in group activities. Besides all of that, storytimes are lots of fun!

Wausau’s programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers run continuously throughout the year. Family Storytime in Wausau will begin again September 26.

Check out the schedule for storytimes at Wausau and all the branches at the storytimes page on our website—and come join the fun and learning!

* From: Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children

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