BOOKWORM BUDDIES is a new Storytime group open to the public.  Once a month, parents and children can enjoy a virtual storytime event on the Parenting Cottage’s Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/parentingcottage.

Parents will have an opportunity to visit the Parenting Cottage prior to the event and pickup the book of the month and activities featured for FREE while supplies last.

Why is it important to read to your children? It helps them learn colors, letters, shapes, words that will increases their vocabulary, sequencing–how a story starts, has a middle and ends. All of these skills will be used later as they learn to read beginning in kindergarten. Reading well is at the heart of all learning. Children who can’t read well, can’t learn. Reading well is a skill needed the rest of your child’s life.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading proficiency by the third grade is one of the most important predictors of whether a student will graduate high school and succeed in a career.

Studies made in middle income neighborhoods indicate there are approximately 13 books for each child while in low-income neighborhoods there is 1 book for every 300 children.

The single most important gift you can give your child is not toys–it’s time spent with you–parent and child interacting, snuggling and reading a good book.  Reading begins at birth–where baby’s brain is listening to the sounds you are making and storing that information to use later.  You can do this for your child!

For more information on all of the FREE programs available at the Parenting Cottage – call 795-7552 or visit our website at www.parentingcottage.org