Denver Public Library is currently accepting applications for a full-time Library Program Associate in the Early Literacy Department of the Children's Library. Please note that the deadline for applying is THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 22.
We all know that Summer Reading Programs ("SRP") are a great way for school-aged kids to avoid the "summer slide" - dropping several grade levels of reading ability because they aren't picking up books over their vacation. But for kids who are not yet reading on their own, the summer is a great time to continue developing those early literacy skills that are so important to learning to read.
Researchers have found that preschoolers whose teachers who make small references to print while reading aloud to children (pointing out letters or words, running finger under words from left to right, etc.) show increased reading skills later when compared to children whose teachers do not. This is a small change for teachers that pays in huge dividends. We can (and do) do this in storytime as well! Read more about the study in this article from Science Daily.
MIT cognitive scientist Deb Roy wanted to study how young children learn language. What better way than to study his own child? Roy installed video cameras in his home and recorded the family's every move for 5 years. Then he analyzed the videos to discover how his son learned words through hearing them in context. Watch as his son learns the word "ball", evolving from just the "buh" sound to the full word.
The 2012 CLEL Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2012 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This will be a full day event with speakers, sharing and networking. Keep an eye out for more details as we get closer to the event.
What are you doing to celebrate World Read Aloud Day tomorrow? I'm reading to preschoolers - and although that's what I do every day, tomorrow it will be extra special, as people everywhere read aloud to children in an effort to develop literacy practices in vulnerable communities. This is just one of the efforts sponsored by LitWorld, a non-profit organization working to build literacy skills around the world. From their website: