From the moment your child is born, they begin learning and growing. Words play a huge role in the success of your child. The more words your child begins learning early on in life, the more successful they will be when they enter school and begin to read!
The Des Moines Public Library understands the importance of your child learning new words and understand some parents may not know or may need guidance in introducing new and fun ways to learns words. Simple Steps to Success is a program that was created to increase awareness about the five pre-literacy skills including reading, writing, singing, playing and talking.
Sue Woody, Community Engagement Librarian, says, “We want every family to understand the importance of these five skills. Whether you’re in the car, at the laundromat, or playing at home, it’s easy for families to incorporate these practices into their daily routines.”
Simple Steps to Success will helps parents and caregivers through several ways including posters, flyers, television and radio campaigns. This program was initiated by the Des Moines Public Library through a grant provided by the Polk County Early Childhood Iowa.
Make sure to visit the Simple Steps to Success site here. You will find each pre-literacy skill broken down with examples and ideas of what you can do with your child.
Check out our event calendar with a list of several story times and other hands-on activities offered by the Des Moines Public Library and other Central Iowa libraries.