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Wait­ing at the bus stop? Songs can go wher­ever you go, and an en­joy­able way to pass the time is by singing one of your fa­vorites, or mak­ing up a new song to­gether about the sights you see while wait­ing for the bus.

Talk­ing to­gether helps chil­dren hear how in­di­vid­ual words sound and learn how words are used to ex­press ideas. In­fants and tod­dlers love to lis­ten to and mimic silly sounds. Shar­ing th­ese silly sounds with them is the be­gin­ning of the many con­ver­sa­tions you will share.

Mak­ing din­ner? Talk to your child as you do this house­hold chore. Pro­vid­ing a play-by-play may seem bor­ing to you, but no mat­ter the age of your child, he or she loves to hear your voice and will de­velop vo­cab­u­lary while lis­ten­ing and talk­ing with you. In­vite your child into the con­ver­sa­tion by ask­ing ques­tions even if they’re not quite ready to an­swer.

Play­ing to­gether helps chil­dren de­velop lan­guage skills and use imag­i­na­tion to solve prob­lems, and it is im­por­tant to play with a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als both in­doors and out­doors.

Look­ing for some­thing to do on a rainy day? De­velop lis­ten­ing skills and com­pre­hen­sion by play­ing sim­ple di­rec­tion fol­low­ing games, such as Si­mon Says. Be sure to take turns be­ing the leader.

While learn­ing at home can be fun, so is learn­ing at the li­brary. All of our pro­grams for young chil­dren in­cor­po­rate th­ese early learn­ing prac­tices, and mul­ti­ple branches are home to Ce­cil Sta­tion, in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing spa­ces where chil­dren and fam­i­lies can learn and play to­gether. Be sure to visit to­day.

Whether at home or on the road, spend­ing time read- ing, writ­ing, singing, talk­ing and play­ing with your child is es­sen­tial to help­ing him be ready for school when the time comes, whether it be this year, next year, or even the year af­ter that. So keep it sim­ple, keep it easy, and most im­por­tantly, keep it en­ter­tain­ing.

Nu­mer­ous pic­ture books pro­mote read­ing, writ­ing, singing, talk­ing, and play­ing, and the fol­low­ing are just a few of those that have re­cently won the Colorado Li­brary for Early Lit­er­acy Award. All can be found at your lo­cal li­brary.

Rec­om­mended Read­ing Open This Lit­tle Book By Jesse Klaus­meier (for read­ing) The Things I Can Do By Jeff Mack (for writ­ing) Nighty-Night Cooper

By Laura Numeroff (for singing) Moo! By David La Rochelle (for talk­ing) Nino Wres­tles the World By Yuyi Mo­rales (for play­ing)

Rachel Wright is the youth ser­vices man­ager. Each week, li­brar­i­ans at Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary will use their in­for­ma­tion and re­search ex­per­tise to high­light re­sources, tools and ideas ex­plor­ing a va­ri­ety of top­ics, such as small busi­ness, job seek­ing, dig­i­tal ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy, read­ing and learn­ing. For in­for­ma­tion as­sis­tance on to­day’s topic or oth­ers, con­tact us: ask@cc­, face­book. com/ ce­cil­coun­ty­pub­li­cli­brary, (410) 996-5600 x481 or ce­

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