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MOUSE TIME @ Library

January 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

The Artesia Public Library

Mouse Time Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday in January, February, March and April for MOUSE TIME at 10:00 am. Mouse Time is open to all ages and is a QUIET, PASSIVE story time that features stories, flannel boards, puppets and sweet songs to enjoy with your child. Each week is a different theme. Craft time to follow at 10:30 am.

Here is some research as to why we offer this time and encourage all parents to bring their young kiddos.

As early childhood education moves front and center in the public policy debate, more attention is being paid to early literacy. Early childhood professionals have long recognized the importance of language and literacy in preparing children to succeed in school. Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life.

Oral language provides children with a sense of words and sentences and builds sensitivity to the sound system so that children can acquire phonological awareness and phonics. Through their own speech children demonstrate their understanding of the meanings of words and written materials.

Supporting evidence

  • Children reared in families where parents provide rich language and literacy support do better in school than those who do not. Language poor families are likely to use fewer different words in their everyday conversations and the language environment is more likely to be controlling and punitive.3
  • Exposure to less common, more sophisticated vocabulary (rare words) at home relates directly to children’s vocabulary acquisition. Rare words are those that go beyond the typical 8,500 most common words in the English language.4
  • There is a strong relationship between vocabulary development and reading achievement. Understanding the meanings of words is critical to understanding what a child reads. Good readers combine a variety of strategies to read words. Even when children have strong familiarity with the alphabetic code, they frequently meet words for which the pronunciation is not easily predictable.

Children who acquire strong vocabularies increase their ability to make sense of what a word might be while using what they know about phonics.5


January 15, 2019
10:00 am - 10:30 am


Artesia Public Library
205 W. Quay
Artesia, New Mexico 88210 United States
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