Stories and rhymes – the building blocks for literacy
  • Tuesday 03 February 2015
Story Telling

Reading aloud to your child from babyhood is the single most important activity you can do to help your child develop the skills they need to learn to read and write.

The development of the brain is very rapid in the early years, and research shows that just 20 minutes a day of reading aloud to your child can help prepare them for school.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said thousands of parents are reaping the benefits of joining free storytelling and rhyme time sessions at Sunshine Coast Council’s library branches across the Coast.

“Each library branch offers two different programs that promote literacy and showcase the best books for children,” Cr McKay said.

“In our busy world these half hour sessions allow parents and toddlers the chance to have quality time together while building basic skills creating a strong foundation for success and wellbeing later in life.

“Storytelling sessions are suitable for babies, toddlers, and children under five, accompanied by their parents, and occur weekly. The weekly Rhyme Time sessions are recommended for infants up to two years and include songs, rhymes and finger play.

“These sessions encourage children to listen, to develop their imagination and language and they put in place the building blocks for literacy.”

For more information visit council’s library website or call 5475 8989.