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Fill the last days of Summer with learning

Early literacy is a key to success for any child. Children learn from reading long before they’re ready to read on their own. Holding a book teaches top/bottom, left/right, front/back. Turning pages and talking about what’s on each page teach concepts. Head to the library this summer to get your child motivated and ready to read and learn.

Take children’s books and writing materials with you whenever you leave home. This gives your child fun activities to entertain and occupy him while traveling and going to the doctor’s office or other appointments. Get more tips on helping your child be ready to read and learn.

Reading with children and helping them practice specific components can dramatically improve their ability to read. Scientific research shows that there are five essential components of reading that children must be taught to learn to read. Learn more

Reading can be fun! Discover what kinds of books are popular with struggling readers. Try these recommendations based on a Reading Rockets survey of parents and educators of children with learning and attention issues, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.

Social or experience stories are a great way to learn. Students and teachers create stories about real life events or expected behaviors and experiences in book format. They can include a combination of real objects, symbols, pictures, print and braille – based on the student’s abilities. Here’s one resource to help.

Parents and caregivers can have a big impact on their children’s education. By providing learning opportunities and support at home you can help encourage learning from an early age, right through to high school. Here are ten literacy tips for parents and caregivers.

Look! Foward photography exhibit

And if you’re in Columbia, check out the LOOK! Forward Photography Exhibit on display at the Richland Library in downtown Columbia through August 17.
Interested in being a part of this effort – either as a volunteer photographer, having your child participate or serving on a committee to help with the project? Just contact Mila Burgess Conway.