Children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Reading, rhyming, singing, and talking — beginning from birth — profoundly influence literacy and language development, the foundations for all other learning (www.healthychildren.org).
More than 1 in 3 American children start Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to learn to read. Children who enter school with these skills have an advantage that carries with them throughout their school years. However, more than 1 in 3 American children enter Kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read (American Academy of Pediatrics). Reading is an essential skill for success in school and later in life.
It is critical to help young children be ready for school by working with them to develop early literacy and learning skills. Because strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects, it is important to identify those who struggle with reading as early as possible. Children who have been read to at home come to school with important early literacy skills. They are prepared to learn to read and write. Children who have not had many experiences listening to books read aloud or talking about books typically start school with poor early literacy skills.
Early Literacy Enrichment Groups through Emerald City Therapies
Available for 3-5 year olds in a group setting. These sessions will be customized each time to include a children's book, alphabet recognition through sensory play, word play using games, and/or a craft. Our main goal is to explore through literature, and also solidify the very beginning foundations of reading before entering school. Classes will not exceed 5 students.