FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Local children are invited to celebrate the holidays with a special early literacy program hosted by Forsyth County Public Library, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Literacy Forsyth and Forsyth County Schools.
‘Tis the Season for Stories will be held in the Training Room at Highlands Medical Plaza, 475 Tribble Gap Road on from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The program will include stories and songs in English and Spanish, as well as a puppet show and crafts. Children can also meet Mrs. Claus and receive free children’s books. Admission is free and, while the program is designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver. The purpose of the event is to help families understand the importance of encouraging early literacy skills starting in infancy.
“We feel strongly that literacy skills are an important part of a child’s cognitive development, and our physicians tell parents that it’s never too early to start reading to their children,” said Yolanda Nabors, Chief Operations Officer of Georgia Highlands Medical Services.
Several simple early literacy practices will be demonstrated for caregivers during the program to show how easy it can be to incorporate reading and language learning into everyday activities at home.
“When we tell traditional stories or sing traditional songs at the holidays, we’re often using words that aren’t as common in our speech at other times of the year,” says Amy Chang, Title I Director of Forsyth County Schools. “Learning these less common words increases a child’s vocabulary and that becomes a predictor of reading readiness and success for children as they enter elementary school.”
Following the stories, songs, and puppet show, participants can make reindeer crafts to take home as they wait to meet Mrs. Claus and receive a holiday treat bag of children’s books from Barnes and Noble at The Collection at Forsyth.
For more information, visit forsythpl.org.