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Early Literacy

Early Literacy refers to the set of skills that children need to acquire before they go to school and learn how to read. These skills include learning about rhyming, the alphabet, increasing their vocabularies, and more. It is never too early to start working on early literacy and the Suffolk Public Library’s storytimes cover all ages from birth to age 5. During storytime our friendly staff will sing songs, read stories, and lead activities all designed to help your child become ready to read. For more information about early literacy, check out the websites below:

Every Child Ready to Read from the American Library Association

Reading Horizons Early Literacy

Reading Rocket’s Early Literacy Development

ReadyRosie - ReadyRosie is an early education tool with the goal of increasing parent engagement with children through the use of video modeling. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model every day interaction in familiar environments with real parents and include topics such as early literacy, math skills, language development, and more. Sign up using a Suffolk, VA zip code for free, and receive regularly scheduled tips and videos either through text or e-mail. Register now. 

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Sight Words: Teach Your Child To Read 

Kindergarten Readiness
Is your child ready for kindergarten?  Are you?  Take a look at the videos below, created by the Suffolk Early Childhood Commission, for tips and helpful information about what you need to know about kindergarten before your child starts school.  The videos are also available for check-out at the library and include a document disc with the forms needed for registration.  For more information contact the Youth and Family Services Department.


The Year Before Kindergarten:

A Day in Kindergarten:



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