The Salem-South Lyon District Library offers a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The goal is to encourage all families to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.
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1. Phonological Awareness: The ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.
2. Vocabulary: Knowing the meanings of words: things, feelings, concepts, and ideas.
3. Print Convention: (also Print Awareness) Knowing how to handle a book. In English we read from left to right and top to bottom of a page. Print is all around us.
4. Background Knowledge: Prior knowledge or things the child has learned. There are four areas of background knowledge: General Knowledge, Conceptual Thinking, Content Knowledge, and Book/Story Knowledge.
5. Letter Knowledge: Knowing that letters are different from each other; knowing that the same letter can look different; knowing letters have names and represent sounds.
Is this really possible?
Do stories read at Storytime count?
If I read a book more than once to my child, can I count each reading?
What if I have more than one child?
If you read to them both at the same time, they both count the book that has been read.
What about an audiobook, an ebook, or apps with books?
If your child listens to or reads an entire story, you can count it!
What if my child “reads” books to him/herself?
If your child is pretending to read, please don’t count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together frequently or actually reads it, then you can go ahead and count it.
What if my older child reads to my younger child?
Count any books that are read to your child, as long as they hear the entire story.
How can I keep track of all the books my child reads?
There are a number of different ways to track the books. We can provide you with paper logs for every 100 books. Other choices include the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app which you can find in the Apple store (there is not an Android app available) or Goodreads.
The program has no end date except your child going into Kindergarten, so don’t feel rushed—just enjoy the experience!
Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Salem-South Lyon District Library.
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