Active Learning Centers for the Home!

A great language rich environment at home is important for the development of early literacy skills.  Library can help parents do this! Many parents come and Read, Write, Sing, Talk and Play in the library but how can we help them do it at home too? One way it to create kits with books, toys and music. St. Mary’s County Library has WOW Bags that help parents do just that. WOW Bags began with the Words on Wheels grant. They are see-through backpacks that contain a few books, an activity, and a music CD all on the same theme. Themes range from seasons, bears, occupations, colors to bags that are in Spanish or focus on Science topics. Baby WOW bags were recently created; all of these bags have board books and larger toys that do not pose a choking hazard. These small kits also include early literacy brochures and tips for parents to read and keep.

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