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A. Register online for the Summer Challenge.
B. Sign up your child for his / her first library card.
C. Read a book, point to the pictures, and say the name of the objects as you point.
D. Name things around you.
E. Listen to, or perform a nursery rhyme or fingerplay like "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
F. Read an alphabet or counting book.
G. Count numbers using a nursery rhyme.
H. Let your child play with different kinds of books: board books, touch and feel, and pull the tab books.
I. Draw and scribble together.
J. Build with blocks or play with empty boxes.
K. Blow bubbles with baby to track with their eyes.
L. Sing a song together.
M. Read a book about a favorite hero.
N. Attend a library storytime program.
O. Check out a "Read With Me Kit" from our collection.
P. Visit a Santa Clara County park.
R. Name body parts with your child. "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" is a great song to start with.
S. Play instruments
U. Have fun with hats.
V. Go to the grocery store and talk about colors, shapes, and textures of things.
W. Have tea time with a favorite hero (real or imagined).
X. Walk around your neighborhood and talk about what you see (trees, trucks, signs, flowers, buildings, etc.)
Y. Do a silly dance.
Z. Point out different animals that you see and say the sounds they make.
Eligibility: Pre-Readers 0-5, Children 6-12, Teens 13-18, Adults 18+
How to participate:
Parents may register their Pre-Reader
for "Every hero has a story!" Our Summer Challenge runs from
May 15 through August 15
Sign up your child online.
Complete at least 25 suggested activities related to Early Literacy.
Get a special prize once the activity tracker as been completed.
You can also register as a family. To do so the parent / caregiver should register first themselves under the adult tab, and then add each family member. You will need only 1 user name and password for the family.
Five simple practices to help your child get ready to read:
Talk with your child about what you read together, about the world around them, about everything! Talk about past events and future activities. Use new words to increase vocabulary and ask them questions and listen to their answers.
Songs help children learn the rhythms and rhymes of spoken language. Listening to songs helps children learn new words and hear how words are broken up in to syllables.
Reading together helps a child develop a love of reading, increases their vocabulary and knowledge of the world, and encourages imaginative thinking.
Scribbling and drawing practices hand-eye coordination and develops control of the finger and hand muscles they will need to write. Point out letters and help them understand they represent spoken words.
Pretend play helps children learn to think symbolically, develops their narrative language skills, and gives them practice putting thoughts in to words. Children’s natural approach to learning is through play.
When you use the five practices, you can help your children learn important pre-reading skills that are appropriate for their ages and interests. Have fun with these activities every day so your child wants to do them again and again!