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March 2007 News News page Archive
Belpre Junior Girl Scout Group Collects
Over 400 Books for Belpre Head Start Center

The Belpre Junior Girl Scout Troop 5209 collected over 400 books for the Belpre Head Start Center. Families participating in the Belpre program, located in the Lawton Building at the high school, will be able to select books for all the children in their family. The Troop members will earn a badge for their literary project.

One of the greatest educational gifts we can give to young children is to read to them. In recent years research has shown that reading to children as early as six months of age has proven to give them a good education start. From birth, babies begin to observe and mimic the adults around them. By cooing and talking to infants, they learn to speak. As babies move into the toddler stage, they will be more interested in the pictures that go along with the story. They learn to associate objects with their appropriate names. Talk about the pictures – this helps develop imagination, which has been proven to advance their thinking power tremendously. They learn to pretend and put themselves in the story, which leads to a higher level of thinking.

As your child develops into the preschool age, continue to read to them on a daily basis. Make it a special part of your routine that your child looks forward to. Let them turn the pages so they are more involved. Point out the cover of the book and say the title and author’s name. Make predictions concerning what the story is about. As you read, ask your child what they think will happen next. Predicting what comes next and seeing if they are correct is fun. It is also a great way to build memory and attention. Ask questions as you read. Begin by asking simple, concrete questions, such as “What color was the boy’s shirt?” and move onto more complex questions like, “How do you think the boy felt?” Make the experience fun and the story come alive by changing the tone of your voice and using expression as you read. Sit close together to make it a special bonding time. It is also easier for them to see the pictures and words.

Always remember to choose great literature and stories that interest your child. Join the local library and make regular visits and attend story hour. Furthermore, set an example reading yourself. Even as you travel you can point out signs, letters, and symbols. This makes children aware of print in their environment. Remember, reading to children is one of the best ways to share time, strengthen relationships, and provide a lifelong love of learning.

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