(This is the third in a series of posts about Worcester-area educational activities for preschool-aged children.)
Our approach to literacy has been a bit more organic than what we’ve done for science education.
I highly recommend all parents read The Read-Aloud Handbook. If you weren’t already committed to reading to your kids every night, this book will make you a convert. I’ve found that being an overtly avid reader has made people more open to sharing their stories about reading to children. The nurse who assisted in many of my platelet donations told me that he was reading to his son up until high school, which is something I aspire to.
To aid in reading aloud, we go to the library at least once a week and also own a lot of children’s books. We shop at thrift stores and library book sales. (Our favorite part of a library book sale is when we find a book that we’ve taken out repeatedly and now can own. Our elder son seems to be inheriting our bibliomania.)
There are also a bunch of free or low-cost Worcester-area events that can improve literacy:
- Library story times at Frances Perkins or the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library. The library used to offer pajama storytime one Friday night a month (though they no longer do) and we would go there if we had sufficient napping to cover staying up a bit later than usual.
- Higgins Armory Museum offers a CastleKids Story Hour (for a small fee which includes a snack and craft) on many Wednesdays in the early afternoon.
- The Greendale YMCA Branch offers a Little Cricket Story Time for family members a couple of times a week.
- Our elder son participates in the Alphabetivities class at the Tri-Community YMCA, which introduces him to letters and gives him lots of practice with writing.
Though our older one is not quite reading fluently yet, he would probably also recommend the website Starfall — he loves practicing reading on that site!
Also in this Series: