What is Little U?
Little U is the name IPPL has given to its storytimes, because there is so much learning going on. Children will learn the skills they need to begin reading, and parents will learn how to do what our staff is doing in these classes while at home.
These classes use talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to build early literacy skills—the skills that children need to start reading. There are many ways to use these techniques at home.
Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words. Make it a point to take to your children throughout the day. Ask them open-ended questions and talk about concepts such as bigger/smaller or past/future.
Singing is a natural way for children to learn about language. Sing nursery rhymes or songs from your childhood with your children.
Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Make regular visits to the library and add reading to your bedtime routine.
Writing and reading go together. Scribbling leads to writing. Let your child create greeting cards, signs, and write stories.
Playing and pretending can help children understand that one thing stands for another. Play matching games, sorting games, and act out stories.
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