By Melanie Morin
The foundation of developing strong early literacy skills can be traced to introducing your child to as many opportunities to learn as possible as early as possible. Obviously, reading books to your child everyday is an excellent way to begin mastering literacy skills but music, playing and singing are also important in early literacy development. Fortunately, The Oakville Public Library has numerous early literacy tools at the majority of their locations for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
One fantastic library literacy tool that incorporates reading, music and play is their Storytelling Kits! The Central Library location currently has over 60 such kits and speaking from experience, my daughter absolutely loves them.
Each kit is based on a specific theme such as 'Farm Animals (kit #19)'. The Farm Animal kit included an assortment of plush farm animals, puppets, farm props (a plush farm house, yard, etc.) CD’s, music DVD’s and of course several farm themed books. Everything to create a farm filled adventure with your child from reading farm inspired tales to playing farm yard games with music and props to go along with it!
I found that this form of literacy learning made reading so much more visually and musically enjoyable for my daughter. I guarantee your child will never get bored with one of these kits and are perfect for a rainy or snow day. To be honest I enjoy the kits as much as my daughter!
Other kits themes include:
The kits are designed for ages 0 to 7, however I think that any child up to age 10 could create some great imaginative play with the contents of these kits.
So how do you get one of these fantastic kits? Simply reserve online and it will be held for you at your closest library location for pick up. All kits can be reserved for one week at a time with a valid library card.