Early Literacy Programs
Cuddletime: Enjoy rhymes, songs, stories and more with your baby at this language-building program. For babies not yet walking.
First Steps: Calling all Toddlers! First Steps is an action packed, language building program that features music, movement, crafts, STEM learning (science, technology, engineering & math), rhymes and stories. For children who are good walkers, up to age 3.
PreK: Help your preschooler get ready to read as we enjoy stories together and build important early literacy skills. Storytime include music, movement, technology, crafts, and STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Ages 3-6.
Music & Movement: Sing, dance, play musical instruments, and use the parachute in this fun early music education program. Recommended for children ages 0-6.
Smartplay: Drop in and shop at the FFL Grocery Mart or put on your own puppet show! Play with games, puzzles, storyboards and more! Smartplay encourages discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Appropriate for young children ages 5 and below.
Digital Storytime: Join us for digital storytime, where we will read books and interactive ebooks, sing, say rhymes, and explore educational apps that promote early literacy skills. Recommended for ages 2-6.
Five Early Literacy Practices
Talk: Talking with children helps them learn oral language. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
Sing: Singing—which also includes rhyming—increases children's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
Read: Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
Write: Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
Play: Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.
All of the Early Litearcy programs Stephanie has created, planned, and facilitated at the FFL contain Every Child Ready to Read's Five Early Literacy practices, listed above.