Practical Parenting Ideas: Fostering Learning with Library Story Time

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fostering Learning with Library Story Time

My kids love Summer! They're all about soaking up the sun and playing hard. I like to encourage them to be active, but also want to keep them learning. I'm a firm believer that reading to children is one of the best ways to prepare them for academics so we find time to read everyday.

Then a few years ago we started attending our local library's story time and the kids love it! We don't always get there on a regular basis during the school year now that my older two are in school, but we take full advantage of going in the summer.
Twice a week in the summer the library has what they call Canopy Capers. Parents and their kids sit under a large canopy (I recommend arriving early to lay out your blanket for a good spot) and listen to fun stories, songs, and plays from around the world. Held from 12:00-12:30pm, you're welcome to bring a home lunch to eat while listening. Before story time there is also a make-and-take craft for the kids inside the library.

My kids also participate in the summer reading program and look forward to prizes and a swim party at the end. Check out your local library to find out what summer activities they have!

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