Early childhood literacy starts at home. This sets the foundation for success in school. Having the proper literacy skills will enable children to not only be able to follow directions, but they will also be able to follow written direction as well. Literacy is one of the many skills needed to function in everyday life. Literacy starts at home with the parents. They learn what language is spoken around them, as well as the mannerisms they pick up from their parents. If parent’s themselves have poor literacy skills, it makes it difficult for them to teach their children, therefore hampering their ability to learn. What parents teach their children before they enter school can be a great help in putting them on the right path to literacy success. Practicing literacy skills at home with your children help to build the needed skills to function throughout school and in society. The library plays an important role in helping younger readers develop literacy skills. This includes libraries in schools, and public libraries. School librarians work with teachers to help develop literary curriculum. Libraries help stimulate literacy development, and help children develop healthy, lifelong reading habits. Students who have access to a library also have access to a wide variety of resources, such as books, e-books, audio, and electronic access to information. Libraries have programs to engage readers and help them to develop their skills. Most libraries, both public and school have programs, such as summer reading programs that are offered to every child. School librarians develop curriculum that supports the various learning needs of the school. They help promote independent use of the libraries many resources. Children who join in summer reading programs acquire the benefits of this exposure to literacy.
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