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Play 2 Read

Play2Read is a Kildare Library Services project where library staff, parents and pre-schools work together to prepare children for learning to read at school.    These sessions are designed to help children and their parents/carers to recognise and master 6 key pre-literacy skills. Research has shown that children with these skills, and who have positive reading role models have significantly higher reading levels than children who don’t . It is a vital head start for children in the year before school and prepares them for formal education.

The story time takes the form of 4 sessions in the pre-school, with the option of the final session in the library. Our aim is to encourage parents to make reading and the library part of their routine and also to introduce the library to non – users. We also aim to show parents and children that libraries are positive, fun and free!

Library staff will facilitate  the sessions and incorporate stories, songs and games with participation from the parents. It is important that parents/carers are engaged and commit to attending as these sessions illustrate ways to enjoy stories in the home.

The skills range from types of books, sounds, vocabulary, rhymes to narrative skills – The children will enjoy the sessions and library staff will share some tips about these skills and their importance.

Books have been chosen specifically to high light these skills, and also to reinforce the Aistear curriculum.

After the 4 sessions the parents/carers will be equipped to continue teaching the skills in the home through various activities. Hopefully the importance of the skills and the way they can be mastered in a fun way will be shown.  We also hope that the role of the library and it’s services can be high lighted especially to those who may not have a reading culture. Parents as reading role models and a culture of reading in the home is the best start a child can have in preparation for formal learning . Above all we strive to show reading as a positive and fun activity that parents and their children can enjoy together.

Contact Trina Coyne for further information

Tel: 059 8631144

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