A big part of my job here at My Little Bookcase is saving parents and caregivers time by doing all the ground-work for you. Keep reading and I will help you find a story-time session near you.
The best place to start is at your local library. They run a regular program, offer interactive activities and provide your child with exposure to a huge range of books. Best of all, they are FREE.
Most libraries offer different programs for children of all ages: babies (0-18 months), toddlers (18 months-3 years), pre-school children (3-5 years), school-aged children and teenagers. Many even run multicultural story-times where stories are told in languages other than English.
FIND YOUR CLOSEST STORY-TIME SESSION!
There are literally hundreds and hundreds of libraries throughout Australia, so it was impossible for me to list them all here.
However, by clicking on your state or territory link below you will only be a few clicks away from finding the website to your closest library. There you will find a timetable and overview of the programs offered.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any problems. I am only too happy to assist?
So, what's stopping you? Visit a public library this week.
BENEFITS OF STORY-TIME SESSIONS FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN
I think daily outings of any description are always beneficial to children, but here is a list of reasons why you should pencil in a date with your child to visit the local library for a story-time session.
A Story-time session:
- models a fun approach to reading
- helps children understand the purpose of books
- exposes children to a wide variety of literature
- exposes children to different styles of storytelling (i.e. different voice, delivery, expression, body language)
- encourages a love of reading
- allows children to interact with books through rhymes, singing, dancing and craft
- enables children to learn the use of rhythm and rhyme
- encourages imagination
- develops a readiness to read
- increases a child's vocabulary
- assists in the development of pre-reading skills (listening, communications, language, book concepts)
- provides an opportunity to meet other parents and children in the local area
- gets you out of the house
- provides parents with ideas to undertake at home
....AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT'S A LOT OF FUN FOR PARENT AND CHILD!