What activity helps level the academic playing field for all children? Regardless of race, gender, class, working or single parents, or English as a second language?
Answer: Reading aloud to children!
If children are read to from the time they are born until they enter kindergarten they are set for success!
Research tells us that children immersed in "pleasurable language experiences" at a young age, enter school at a decided advantage.
Our program supports childcare providers and preschool teachers in helping young children develop the language and early literacy skills they need in order to successfully begin kindergarten.
Access to books
We have over 100 rotating book boxes available for sites to borrow for one month at a time. These boxes include:
- Over 25 themes boxes [click to view list]
- Many special "for toddlers only" boxes filled with board or cloth books perfect for our littlest ones
- A selection of bilingual book boxes
- Our standard book boxes that include a variety of the best in children's literature
Access to educational materials that make story time more fun
- Puppets [click to view list]
- Felt or Velcro storytelling kits for storyboards [click to view list]
- Games [click to view list]
- Puzzles [click to view list]
Access to support materials
- Early literacy brochures or videos
- Parent hand-outs
- Periodical newsletters
We also provide:
- Story time programs
Upon request we can arrange a special story time that includes songs, music, fingerplays and rhymes.
- Provider/Caregiver Trainings
These programs assist you in implementing practices that encourage development of early literacy skills. They are user friendly and actively engage participants.
- Parent Presentations
These offerings help inform and support parents in their role as their child's first and most important teacher. Today's kindergarten readiness skills are defined and explained so that parents feel better prepared for their child's entrance into school.
- Professional Collection of Books
We also have a professional collection of books concerning all aspects of early literacy, including new craft and play activities for you to try with your children. [click to view list]
- Each child you serve receives a FREE children's book
Some helpful sites (in no particular order):
- Vroom - www.joinvroom.org
- Growing Book by Book: a guide to nurturing young readers - growingbookbybook.com
- Raising Readers - www.raisingreaders.org
- Fireflies + Mud Pies: simple crafts and play for kids! - www.firefliesandmudpies.com
- Read Aloud 15 Minutes - www.ReadAloud.org
- READY! for Kindergarten - www.readyforkindergarten.org
- Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, Inc. - umchs.com
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Current funders and contributors to the TAKE OFF! program include:
- Oregon State Library Ready to Read Program
- Umatilla County Special Library District
- Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub Great Start Grant
- Wildhorse Foundation
- Pendleton on Wheels
To sign up for services or for more information contact:
takeoffucsld.org (Monica Hoffman)
Take Off! Program Manager -- takeoffucsld.org
The best time to start reading to a child is the day he/she is born. Growing up with books increases a child's vocabulary, builds his attention span, and improves his grammar. But even beyond this, a child discovers a story can touch the heart.
Last Modified: 2/17 & updated: 5/17