ERIC Number: EJ709074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Reference Count: 2
Opening Your School Library to Preschoolers--and Babies
Teacher Librarian, v32 n2 p41 Dec 2004
In this article, the author stresses the importance of welcoming preschoolers and babies into school libraries. She states that when read to from birth, a baby becomes used to the cadences and rhythms of spoken language, at the same time responding to the bright pictures and the presence of a loving adult. The baby associates books and stories with pleasure and there is an attitude and expectation that this will be a good time. Through the language of books, the child learns the syntax and semantics of the language, as well as listening and concentration skills. As the child gets a little older, discussions about the story help to develop vocabulary and an understanding of how books work.
Descriptors: Syntax, Semantics, School Libraries, Oral Language, Literacy, Library Services, Language Rhythm, Brain, Public Libraries, Preschool Children, Vocabulary Development, Books
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A