First Steps to the Library highlights the skills young children need to be ready for school and helps caregivers understand how they can grow these skills.
Where is Thumbkin? Here I Am!
School Readiness Skill: Children form relationships and interact positively with other children.
Communication is key to any relationship. You can help your little one know how to communicate by practicing conversation.
A conversational turn is a caregiver and child talking back and forth. They are one of the best ways to build your child's language, literacy and social skills. "Conversations" will look different at different stages:
- Babies: Exchanging coos, giggles and other noises.
- Toddlers: “I want it" or simply points. "Oh, you want your yellow ball." Caregivers respond by adding words to what their little one says or does.
- Preschoolers: Caregivers ask questions--who, what, where, when and how.
Books and songs can also encourage conversation:
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? Here I am! Here I am! How are you today, friend? Very well, I thank you. Run away, run away.
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First Steps to the Library is a partnership between Richland Library and Richland First Steps.