Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:10
Welcome the Growing Like a Read program. Please take a look at the information provided below to learn more about the basics of this early childhood reading program.
GLAR or Growing Like a Read is a project of the Pioneer Library System that promotes brain development for literacy skills in children from birth through age 4 through reading, talking, playing and singing. It is funded through a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.
GLAR is intended for parents and caregivers and their children in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. Day care providers receive special materials to work with groups. Children’s librarians at each Home Town Library will model GLAR rhymes and activities in story times, toddler times, Rhythm Babies, and Rhythm Toddlers programs.
Research shows that it’s the one-on-one interaction between parent and child that is critical for early learning. Early reading has lifelong consequences. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten unprepared cannot catch up.
GLAR activities are suggested for any place parents and their children can be together: at home, on the go, at the library, in the store, at bedtime.
Often! Because repetition is the key. The more often a beloved role model speaks, reads, or sings to a child, the stronger the neural pathways in the child’s brain become, the more words a child learns, the more sounds and rhythms of speech s/he can interpret, the more stories s/he understands and can tell, the more connections between words and print s/he can make, and the more s/he will be soothed and enchanted by books.
Visit a Home Town Library and tell the Children’s Librarian you want to participate in Growing Like a Read. S/he will ask you to complete a brief survey, then provide to each family: a tote bag to carry library books, a stand-up book of rhymes, songs and finger plays, an activity log matched to the child’s age, a bookmark listing suitable books to read together, and a copy of the PLS WORD Magazine explaining the program and the research behind it.
You may enroll all your children under age 4. You will receive additional activity logs matched to their ages. After you complete a set of six activities, return to the library to receive a book (one per family).
Day care providers receive a set of posters that correspond to the individual stand-up book. Contact your Home Town Library for a set for your center.
Start today…and watch your children grow!
Want to get more involved? Sign up online for Growing Like a Read to keep a log of books your child has read, see books other families are reading, track activities/skills, see upcoming children's events, and print activity sheets and a nursery rhymes book.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:02
"The process of brain development for reading starts before birth through quiet talking and singing to your baby. It continues after birth through touch, love, eye contact, one-on-one interaction and repetition. The ritual of talking together and sharing books starts early."
"Learning to read comes later."
- Mary Ann Boersma, MS, CCPS
Activity Logs as PDFs
How to use these activity logs:
Choose any activity on the sheet to complete the six skills across the top.
More GLAR Materials