July 2015 - Pickens County First Steps

School Readiness Superheroes: How the Library Gets Your Kids Ready for School

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Last week we began a series on the blog that’s all about true school readiness. After all, the mission of  First Steps is to create a community where children are ready for school.

It takes a team to get each child ready for school. And YOU — as parents, coaches, librarians, health care providers, teachers, childcare workers {and others} — are a critical part of that team.

We want to celebrate our fantastic school-readiness team right here in Pickens County. Each week leading up to school, we’ll have a post here on a blog, shining a spotlight on some […]

School Readiness Superheroes: Doctors, Nurses and Early Intervention

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While there are still some fun summer weeks ahead, you’ve probably noticed the aisles of new school supplies in all the stores. New crayons, lunchboxes, and glue sticks are certainly one way to get ready for school. But what is true “school readiness?”

We’re glad you asked because that’s what Pickens County First Steps is all about — creating a community where children are ready for school.

It takes a team to get each child ready for school. And YOU — as parents, coaches, librarians, health care providers, teachers, childcare workers {and others} — are a critical part of that […]

Giraffes Can’t Dance, our 2015 Book of the Year & Day of Reading Selection

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Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. His knees buckle whenever he tries to twirl. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. “Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance. But there is one little creature who believes in Gerald. “Everything makes music,” the cricket explains, “if you really want it to.” So Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune. 

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South Carolina First Steps polled children’s librarians across the state and named […]

A Few of Our Favorite Reads: The Basics of Better Parenting, Teaching Empathy, and Free Summer Activities

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This week we thought we’d round up a few of our favorites from around the web, posts and ideas to encourage you in everyday ways as you seek to nurture your young child and survive the summer with everyone’s sanity intact.

 

How to Be a Better Parent

A fantastic article that distills the overwhelming amount of parenting information into 3 succinct bits of common-sense, research-backed advice.
“Let your kids get bored, don’t solve all their problems, and be sure to tend to your own basic needs first.”
 

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Free Resource to Teach Young Children About Holidays

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I’m not sure my 7-year-old is clear about the 4th of July. He simply associates this significant national holiday with fireworks, popsicles, and swimming in the lake with cousins. The whole independence thing is lost on him.

He’s the baby of the family and it’s no secret that my enthusiasm for teaching my kids ALL THE THINGS has waned a bit since my eager, earlier days of motherhood.

But today, my local library came to the rescue.

Serendipity smiled on us as we walked in to return a few books and grab some new ones […]