Ready to Read Workshops

The Clermont County Public Library offers five different “Every Child Ready to Read” early literacy workshops:

Parent Workshop

Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers learn why it’s important for children to get ready to read starting at birth and the essential role of parents and other caregivers in developing early literacy skills. Participants learn how to use the five early literacy practices to nurture early literacy skills. The workshop includes discussion, demonstration, and activities. Handouts include “Get Ready to Read at Home” about creating an effective and affordable early literacy environment at home. This workshop, which lasts 50–55 minutes, is for adults only.

Fun for Parents and Children Workshop

Parents and other caregivers, along with children, engage in talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing activities that develop early literacy skills. This introduction to the five early literacy practices is for children from birth to age five and their caregivers and lasts 45–50 minutes.

Fun with Letters for Parents and Children Workshop

This workshop for parents and children uses songs, environmental print, alphabet books, and games or activities to introduce letter names and sounds. The workshop is recommended for children ages two to five and lasts about 45 minutes. The workshop also can be presented to adults only. It can be combined with the Parent, Fun with Words, and Fun with Science and Math workshops to expand the content and extend the learning experience.

Fun with Words for Parents and Children Workshop

Parents and caregivers learn to use the five early literacy practices to help increase children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills. Adults and children enjoy storytelling, book sharing, and other activities. The workshop is recommended for children ages two to five and lasts about 45 minutes. The workshop also can be presented to adults only. It can be combined with the Parent, Fun with Letters, and Fun with Science and Math workshops to expand the content and extend the learning experience.

Fun with Science and Math for Parents and Children Workshop

This workshop for parents and children taps into children’s natural curiosity to increase their background or general knowledge. The more general knowledge children have, the better prepared they are to understand what they read. Parents learn strategies for engaging young scientists and mathematicians in learning activities. The workshop is recommended for children ages two to five and lasts about 45 minutes. The workshop also can be presented to adults only. It can be combined with the Parent, Fun with Letters, and Fun with Words workshops to expand the content and extend the learning experience.

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