It Takes a Library  to Raise a Child: Your Role in the  Ohio Ready to Read Initiative
WHAT IS IT? <ul><li>Ohio Ready to Read is a joint initiative of the Ohio Library Council and State Library of Ohio to reac...
Why is it important?
Governor Strickland has made it a statewide priority -  Mentioned a last legislative day, as well as the February 2007 iss...
Our communities need it <ul><li>Over 1/3 of Ohio Kindergartners start school unprepared to learn </li></ul><ul><li>For 60%...
Pre-K programs  are not enough <ul><li>Babies are born learning, and what they learn is up to adults </li></ul><ul><li>The...
Synaptic Density
The bottom line… <ul><li>The success of this initiative may well impact state funding as well as local levy campaign </li>...
Early Literacy Defined <ul><li>Early literacy DOES NOT mean teaching the child how to read.  </li></ul><ul><li>Early liter...
The Six Early Literacy Skills <ul><li>Print Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Print Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Letter Knowledg...
Print Motivation <ul><li>The child’s interest in and enjoyment of books  </li></ul><ul><li>Why?  Children who enjoy books ...
Print Awareness <ul><li>Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and how to follow the written word on a page </li></...
Letter Knowledge <ul><li>Learning to name letters, knowing they have sounds, and recognizing them everywhere </li></ul><ul...
Vocabulary <ul><li>Knowing the names of things </li></ul><ul><li>Why?  Children need to know the meanings of words to help...
Phonological Awareness <ul><li>The ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words </li></ul><ul><li>Why?  Will help...
Narrative Skills <ul><li>The ability to describe things and events and tell stories </li></ul><ul><li>Why?  Being able to ...
How do we do it?
Programming (and Stuff) <ul><li>Storytimes with interactive presentation styles, modeling behavior, talking directly to pa...
Outside storytime… <ul><li>Depends on what you’re willing to do… </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute brochures to parents and tal...
Outside storytime… <ul><li>As checking families out or helping in other ways, try to make some connection to the book the ...
Outside storytime… <ul><li>Stamp kids hands with a letter stamp – day of the week, first letter of name, etc. </li></ul><u...
Outside storytime… <ul><li>Tip sheet to give out with DVDs (sample from the Lorain Public Library System) </li></ul>
Now it’s your turn…
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    1. 1. It Takes a Library to Raise a Child: Your Role in the Ohio Ready to Read Initiative
    2. 2. WHAT IS IT? <ul><li>Ohio Ready to Read is a joint initiative of the Ohio Library Council and State Library of Ohio to reach at-risk families on the importance of early learning. </li></ul><ul><li>www.ohreadytoread.org </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why is it important?
    4. 4. Governor Strickland has made it a statewide priority - Mentioned a last legislative day, as well as the February 2007 issue of the Ohio Library Council ACESS magazine - Funding, funding, funding
    5. 5. Our communities need it <ul><li>Over 1/3 of Ohio Kindergartners start school unprepared to learn </li></ul><ul><li>For 60%, reading is not an easily acquired skill </li></ul><ul><li>90-95% of poor readers can reach average reading skills with early intervention </li></ul><ul><li>If intervention is delayed until 9 years, 75% still have difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of alphabet letters at start of Kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Low income moms read only 25 hours to children before K compared to average of 1,200 hours (22% of Westerville students are economically disadvantaged according to ODE stats from 2007-2008) </li></ul><ul><li>KRAL (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment in Literacy) scores – 16.56% in Westerville need intense instruction </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pre-K programs are not enough <ul><li>Babies are born learning, and what they learn is up to adults </li></ul><ul><li>The brain is especially receptive to stimulation in the area of language acquisition during the first three years. </li></ul><ul><li>Synapse development greatest between ages 0-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Physiological impact of stress on learning shows need for safe, happy learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>Children need daily involvement, storytime is not enough -- we have to reach the adults </li></ul><ul><li>Library has less stigma than other social service agencies, is free, and has easy access, better hours </li></ul>
    7. 7. Synaptic Density
    8. 8. The bottom line… <ul><li>The success of this initiative may well impact state funding as well as local levy campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Legislators are more reluctant to take money away from programs that benefit families and children’s education </li></ul><ul><li>We need to be seen as good stewards of tax dollars, making an investment in our community </li></ul><ul><li>Every $1 spent on early education/intervention saves $7 in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be seen as vital part of families’ lives </li></ul>
    9. 9. Early Literacy Defined <ul><li>Early literacy DOES NOT mean teaching the child how to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing BEFORE they can actually read and write. </li></ul><ul><li>Like building a foundation… </li></ul>
    10. 10. The Six Early Literacy Skills <ul><li>Print Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Print Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Letter Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Phonological Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative Skills </li></ul>
    11. 11. Print Motivation <ul><li>The child’s interest in and enjoyment of books </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Children who enjoy books and being read to will have an interest in learning to read. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Print Awareness <ul><li>Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and how to follow the written word on a page </li></ul><ul><li>Why? When children feel comfortable with books, they can focus on reading. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Letter Knowledge <ul><li>Learning to name letters, knowing they have sounds, and recognizing them everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Why? To learn to read, children must understand that words are made up of smaller parts and each letter has its own role to play. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Vocabulary <ul><li>Knowing the names of things </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Children need to know the meanings of words to help them understand what they are reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps when kids start reading – like a mental database. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Phonological Awareness <ul><li>The ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Will help children sound out words when they begin to read. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Narrative Skills <ul><li>The ability to describe things and events and tell stories </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Being able to talk about and explain what happens in a story helps a child understand that meaning of what he or she is reading. Good narrative skills lead to good comprehension. </li></ul>
    17. 17. How do we do it?
    18. 18. Programming (and Stuff) <ul><li>Storytimes with interactive presentation styles, modeling behavior, talking directly to parents, hands-on experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Parent workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Born to Read program </li></ul><ul><li>Making picture book room into an “Early Literacy Center” </li></ul><ul><li>Creating an E. L. component to the Kids page </li></ul>
    19. 19. Outside storytime… <ul><li>Depends on what you’re willing to do… </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute brochures to parents and talk to them about early literacy, even if only to direct them to youth staff for more info. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to kids – like real people. Ask what they’re doing today. Ask what their favorite book in storytime was. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Outside storytime… <ul><li>As checking families out or helping in other ways, try to make some connection to the book the child has – “Oh, there’s a dog on your book – I love dogs! I have a brown one just like that!” </li></ul><ul><li>Point to title of book while discussing with child. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Outside storytime… <ul><li>Stamp kids hands with a letter stamp – day of the week, first letter of name, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Greet kids by name, ask kids names </li></ul><ul><li>Skill of the month </li></ul>
    22. 22. Outside storytime… <ul><li>Tip sheet to give out with DVDs (sample from the Lorain Public Library System) </li></ul>
    23. 23. Now it’s your turn…
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