Activity Bags Help Toddlers Prepare for Kindergarden
The Yorktown Public Library continues to help its youngest patrons prepare for kindergarten. A new program gives families a free, easy way to focus on early literacy with their young children at home. The library created 15 early literacy bags for families with toddlers. With $1,000 from The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County’s 2018 Quarterly Competitive Grants program, Yorktown Public Library filled the bags with books, toys, and other supplies to help parents and their toddlers learn together. Literacy bags cover topics like the alphabet, numbers, potty training, and the seasons. These are concepts that give children a head start to start school.
The youth services librarian selected books for the bags to match the theme. Interactive items, like toys, games, puppets and more are also included the bags. Parents can check out the bags, read with their children, and use the other items to reinforce the topic.
In the Alphabet Bag, families will find a set of blocks with letters on them. The child can see the letters on each block, repeat the letters as demonstrated by the parent, and can build with the blocks for a hands-on activity. These activities reinforce language skills, hand-eye coordination, and visual letter recognition.
The bag also contains notes for the grown-ups. These notes give guidance on interacting with the materials with a toddler or preschooler. They also include songs, fingerplays, and activity ideas. Singing and reciting fingerplays help children with language and literacy skills.
The Early Literacy Bags program launched on October 21. Parents can check out each bag for up to two weeks.