BOOKWORM BUDDIES is a monthly virtual Storytime group open to the public.  Parents and children enjoy a virtual Storytime event on the Parenting Cottage’s Facebook page.

Parents can pickup their own copy of the featured book and activity to go with the book at the Parenting Cottage starting the first of each month and join in with the virtual event.

The Storytime event then stays posted on our Facebook page for several weeks so families can enjoy when it is convenient for them.  https://www.facebook.com/parentingcottage

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 – 10:00 AM – “Louis” by Tom Lichtenheld

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 – 10:00 AM  “Sheep Dog & Sheep, Sheep – Bad Hair Day” by Eric Barclay

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