Literacy Archives - Pickens County First Steps

5 Simple Ways YOU Can Help Your Kindergartner Learn to Love Books!

You probably know that books somehow matter in getting your child ready for school.

But you may not understand why.

After all, if children are going to learn letters and sounds in kindergarten, and if they’re going to eventually learn to read in school, why do books matter so much before they begin kindergarten?

Last week we talked about the importance of words in a young child’s brain. The more words they hear, the richer their “word bank” becomes. You want to fill up your child’s word bank as much as possible by the time they start […]

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Real talk about making read-aloud time a positive experience for your child AND for you!

(a post from the Palmetto Basics)

Perhaps you already know that it’s never too early to begin reading to your child, that you can begin reading to them from the moment they’re born. Since 80% of a child’s brain development happens during the first three years of life, it’s important that parents and caregivers begin as early as possible!

But this message of reading to babies and very young children may seem impractical. After all, babies can’t yet understand the meaning of words or comprehend a story. Toddlers often can’t sit still […]

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3 Simple Ways for Busy Parents to Make Books Part of Everyday Life!

(a post from The Palmetto Basics)

It is never too early to begin reading! Stories engage a child’s imagination and expose them to words and ideas. What they learn about people, places, and things can be important building blocks to school readiness and later life success. For both parents and children, times together with books form fond and lasting memories.

Any time that your young child spends with books is time well spent!

But in a fast-paced world where parents and caregivers are juggling so many responsibilities, you may feel that you don’t have the […]

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The Brain-Changing Power of Talking, Singing, and Pointing During Your Baby’s First Year!

A post from The Palmetto Basics.

Children learn language from the moment they are born. Day by day, babies learn that sounds have meaning. Every time you talk, sing, or point, you provide clues to the meaning of your words.

We neglect the power and significance of interactions like talking, singing and pointing because they seem so simple. But simplicity is what makes them so wonderful. Anyone can talk, sing, or point when interacting with a baby or young child.

Researchers found that when mothers communicate with their newborns, babies learn almost 300 more words by the age […]

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Free Storytime Fun for Preschoolers in Pickens County!

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Pickens County First Steps is excited to share the many early literacy opportunities provided by our local schools and library branches!

With read-alouds, songs, movement, and more, preschool programs incorporate The Palmetto Basics, which help give every child a great start in life!

You don’t need to be zoned for a certain school to participate in their program. Each story time is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to United Way of Pickens County Preschool Pages initiative and School District of Pickens County for their partnership in these programs!

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The #1 Thing You Need to Know About Reading to Your Baby + 7 Simple Tips

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A post from The Palmetto Basics. 

Perhaps you’ve heard that you should read to your child from the time they’re born. It’s a way to help them develop a love for books and receive the many benefits of reading as they get older. But perhaps you’ve wondered if this is really practical. How can a baby engage with a book or understand a story? How can a baby possibly have a sufficient attention span to get through a story?

When you read to your baby, you have one primary purpose: providing a positive experience with a […]

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