The Woodridge Children’s Library is committed to promoting literacy through our programs and the materials in our collection. The organization Zero to Three, defines early literacy as what children know about communication, verbal and nonverbal language, reading, and writing before they can actually read and write. Parents and Caregivers can use five simple practices to help their child get ready for, and learn to love reading.
- Talking: Children learn language by listening to others talk and joining in the conversation. As children listen, they learn new words and what they mean. Very young children can understand spoken words before they can speak them.
- Singing: Songs are a great way to learn about language. They develop listening skills and slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words. Songs teach new words and introduce new ideas and concepts.
- Reading: Reading books together is the single best way to help children develop early literacy skills. Starting from birth, shared reading increases vocabulary and general knowledge while helping children develop an interest in reading. Children who are read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.
- Writing: Reading and writing go hand in hand. Both represent spoken language and communicate information. Children can learn pre-reading skills by participating in writing activities like scribbling, drawing, and forming letters. Writing helps develop eye-hand coordination.
- Playing: Children learn a lot about language through play. Children think symbolically when they play, which helps them to understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children to express themselves and put thoughts into words.
- Zero to Three
Supporting infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.
- Great Web Sites for Kids
The American Liberty Association's page that has links to over 700 sites for children, teachers, parents, and caregivers.
- PBS Parents
Guides for parents in all things kid from development to going to school to birthday parties.
- PBS Kids
Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!
From the medical experts of The Nemours Foundation, the parenting section includes articles relating to children's growth, diet, emotions, behavior, etc.
- The Idea Box
Crafts, activities, music, and more.