Vocabulary, knowing the names of things and understanding the meaning of words, is an important skill for children to have when they are learning to read.
The more words your child has in their “mental database,” the easier it will be for them to sound out familiar words when they start learning to read. Help develop your child's vocabulary by reading a variety of books with them, both fiction and nonfiction, and by naming the objects in your child's world.
Fun ways to develop vocabulary:
- Explain unusual words in books—don't replace them.
- Carry on lots of conversations with children.
- Read non-fiction books that offer new words.
- Show real items when possible. Especially for babies and toddlers—point to and name objects.
- Use descriptive words whenever possible—“round ball,” “blue bear.”
- Use words to express emotions (happy, sad, tired, scared, anxious, nervous) and use multiple words to explain ideas (when talking about being mad, say “angry,” “frustrated,” etc.).
Preschool Story Time
10:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room
Read engaging books, sing songs, and participate in early literacy activities designed especially for your preschooler.
Family Make and Take
10:00 AM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)
Imagine, create and participate! Children engage in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
Email Basics - Google Gmail
10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Upper Level Conference Room
Learn the basics of email using Google Gmail on both laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices. Explore the ins and outs of creating, reading, replying, forwarding, CC/BCC, attachments, signatur...
Family Story Time - Hebron Branch
10:30 AM @ Hebron
Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.
Little Tot's Story Time
11:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)
Bring your little one for a fun morning of stories, songs and socializing! This story time caters to kids with short attention spans.