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March is National Reading Month

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Celebrate National Reading Month at the Abington Community Library!

Research findings outlined in a recent report of the National Early Literacy Panel note that the development of literacy skills begins at birth. The panel identified a number of early skills that are related to—and may even help predict—a child’s later success with reading and writing.

Skills closely related to later success with reading and writing include:

  • Alphabet knowledge—the ability to name letters and sounds made.
  • Phonological awareness—the ability to hear and manipulate sounds of spoken language (such as hear the beginning sound of a word).
  • Rapid letter or number naming—the ability to quickly name letters or numbers.
  • Rapid object or color naming—the ability to quickly name random series of colors or objects.
  • Phonological memory—the ability to remember spoken information for a short period of time.
  • Writing letters or one’s own name—the ability to write single letters in isolation, or write their own name.

Our Baby, Toddler, and Preschool Storytimes are examples of great classes that teach vital early literacy skills. Contact the Abington Community Library for more information on these and other programs. Start your child out with all kinds of great resources at the library and set them up for a lifetime of success.

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