“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald
The Baby Talk Program introduces the importance of early literacy to parents of newborns at local hospitals. This program is a collaborative effort between Kankakee Community College, United Way of Kankakee County, Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, area hospitals, and trained volunteers.
Parents are the key to a child’s success in learning to read. Reading, singing and talking to babies stimulate brain growth. Research shows that reading to babies every day from birth increases brain capacity for language and literacy skills. It is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a child to read.
For more information, contact Shannan Carrell, Specialist, Literacy Projects, at 815-802-8307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Talk to your baby often about what he is seeing, hearing, feeling and doing.
- Share books at least 10 minutes per day.
- Attend library story times.
- Let them explore books.
- Change you voice when you read.
- Point to objects in book.
- Talk about the pictures.
- Choose childcare providers who understand the importance of reading.
- Limit T.V. time.
- Imitate sounds (encourage conversation).
- Talk face to face.
- Repeat words.
Choose books for your baby that includes at least one of the following:
- Rhythm and repetition
- Photos of babies
- Textures, touch and feel
- Bold, bright pictures
- Nursery Rhymes
- Local Success by Six website
- Bourbonnias Parent Program 815-383-2479
- Bradley (Make a Difference) 815-392-0265
- Herscher Partners in Parenting 815-933-2243
- Kankakee First Taste 815-935-7271
- Momence Early Childhood 815-472-4045
- Pembroke P.E.E.P. 815-944-5219