Libraries are essential to Family Literacy. They bridge the gap for those who may not have access to resources, educate the whole family, and provide computers, internet, books, music, health information, and interaction with a skilled staff.
In order to assist family literacy efforts, the S.C. State Library launched a new project: a print activity calendar, which begins with September and each month has a theme that encompases books, songs, activities, and information for health and family wellness.
Daybydaysc.org is the interactive web version of this calendar which uses multimedia to enhance the content and bring these various components to life. If families can only spend a few minutes together, this will give them something they can use to make sure that this is quality time as well as educational time.
- Reach children and their families and give them something they can do together to foster skills
- Remind families of the importance of reading, health and wellness
- Break down family-friendly kindergarten standards into usable pieces
- Reach those of single-parent households, low-income families, children born to young mothers, and those living in English as a Second Language (ESL) households
- Partner with agencies that serve preschool children, and those who provide family health care and conduct health outreach initiatives
- Encourage families to come to the library for exposure to books and developmentally appropriate activities
- Stress the importance of making good food choices and connect with programs that offer healthy cooking education
- Help bridge the gap of our lowest literate families to connect with adult education opportunities
Children will benefit from the opportunity to develop early literacy skills and enjoy positive learning experiences, immersing themselves in print-rich environments which will help them become more successful in school and ultimately lifelong learners.
Research shows that a parent who spends more time with a child, conducting language interactions, helps to increase the child’s vocabulary which betters school readiness. Early interactions with children directly affect the way the brain develops and can reduce risk.
This calendar will open up a new set of opportunities for parents and caregivers to work at home with their children, to come to the library and expose them to books and educational resources. Parents and children are introduced to a multimedia literacy center which engages a variety of learning styles through color, music and activities.
Tumble Book Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks and Tumblebooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.