Thursday, April 19, 2012

Early literacy workshops at the Beaverton Library

The Children’s staff at the Beaverton City Library invites parents and children to participate in a free workshop series to help parent and caregivers “Make Every Day a Reading Day.” The six workshops engage infants, toddlers and preschoolers in fun activities, while practicing vital early literacy skills children need before they start learning to read. Parents will come away from each session with new book sharing ideas, tips for helping your child learn, and a free book.

“Make Every Day a Reading Day” Workshop Sessions
Registration is required and opens one month prior to each session. Sign up for sessions by calling 503-350-3600 or stopping by the Children’s Reference Desk at the Beaverton Library.

Early Literacy Play for Babies
Thursday, April 26, 6:30-7:15 p.m. or Friday, April 27, 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Parents or caregivers and their infants under one year are welcome to this workshop, no mobile toddlers please. Get an overview of infant development and the relationship of milestones to early literacy skills. Join in sensory play with books and rhymes to build positive experiences with reading.
Fun with Science and Math
Monday, April 30, 6:30-7:15 p.m. or Tuesday, May 1, 11 a.m.-noon.
  •  Open to children ages 2 to 5 years with a parent. Join your kids as they use early literacy skills to do hands-on science and math activities.
Fun with Letters
Tuesday, May 8, 1-2 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Open to children ages 2 to 5 years with a parent. Try some fun alphabet activities that demonstrate letter shapes and sounds.
Fun with Words Wednesday, May 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Open to children ages 2 to 5 years with a parent. This workshop introduces fun ways to help children build a strong vocabulary as you go about your day.
Early Brain Development
Thursday, May 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • This is a parents-only workshop that provides hands-on learning to demonstrate how reading to children and engaging in early literacy activities supports brain development. The workshop offers participants strategies for building healthy brains along with safety tips for brain injury prevention. Children’s staff will share activities and book suggestions for infants to 8 years.