Early literacy program greatly benefits the youths of Taylor County

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GRAFTON—In an effort to demonstrate the importance of early literacy, the Taylor County Board of Education is sponsoring an early literacy program, for those ages three and four, at the Taylor County Public Library.

The first session was held on July 11, and three more will follow on each Tuesday of the month.

Anna Jarvis Elementary School teacher, Melissa Weaver, shared that the program is open to any child, between the ages three and four, and they are not required to attend every session.

The hour-long sessions begin at 10:00 a.m., and provide read alouds, letter and vocabulary lessons along with hands-on activities.

According to Weaver, research has shown that reading aloud to children and intentionally teaching vocabulary sets them up for success, because a child who hears more sophisticated works has a remarkable advantage over those not exposed.

“I believe the board of education feels that it is important to offer programs like this to our community,” she expressed. “We want to educate parents on the importance of early literacy, and provide an opportunity for children to take part in early learning.”

Weaver went on to say that their first session was a great success, as the children were very responsive and engaged for the entire hour.

During the sessions, families stay in the room, and are provided with important developmental information about how they can continue to support early literacy at home.

“I think it is good for the parents and family members to see what I am doing as I read aloud, so they can do the same during their read aloud times at home,” voiced Weaver.

In addition, the sessions also supply parents with great ideas for activities and props to use while teaching vocabulary.

According to zerotothree.org, the interactions that young children have with literacy materials such as books, paper and crayons along with the adults in their lives, are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. 

“It is great that we live in a community that understands the importance of early education, and provides services to assist its youth, on their path to success,” Weaver imparted.

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