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Literacy Activites

Did you know that reading is the secret to your child's success?  

Reading aloud to young children is the single most effective tool for developing language and literacy skills but less than half of American children are read to daily. ​

Parents as Teachers extends literacy activities beyond the child development lessons offered at each personal visit. Continuing Literacy Programs include the First Book National Book Bank Awards, the Book Bag Project, Reach Out and Read and the Learn and Play ~ Family Resource Centers.

First Books

Through a collaboration with Weimar Elementary School, books are applied for from First Books National at a reduced rate. Then through the Book Bag Project, PAT Educators bring a different bag with children’s books to each visit.


Reach Out & Read

ROR is a literacy program that has an impact on the development, as well as on the health, of the children physicians serve. During well-child checkups at Youens & Duchicela Clinic in Weimar, physicians give the child an age appropriate book and prescribe daily reading to the family.  This fosters the language-rich interactions between parent and their young child which will stimulate early brain development.

How to Read to your Child

Birth to six months: 

  • Talk to me.  

  • Hold me close and read to me.

  • Teach me sounds and words.

Six months to one year:

  • Read to me

  • Sing to me

  • Point out interesting things in books.

Twelve to 24 months:

  • Read my favorite books over and over with  lots of expression.   

Two to Three years:

  •  Ask me about things I like in the book.

  • Let me finish rhymes and sentences.

Three to five years:   

  • Let's read together every day.

  • Help me choose books about things I love.

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