Sing Talk and Read (S.T.A.R.)

We are excited to invite you to come and learn about the early literacy S.T.A.R. program at the D.C. Public Library.  This program is for parents, caregivers, librarians, teachers and anyone who is interested in helping children from newborn to 5 years old get ready to learn to read. The S.T.A.R. program uses six early literacy skills to lay a strong foundation for learning.

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.  A good example of this is the big “M” logo for the McDonald’s restaurant.  Most children do not know that the big yellow “M” is a letter of the alphabet.  They just know that when they see the logo that there is a McDonald’s restaurant.  Being able to read pictures, symbols, and shapes of signs in our everyday activities is a part of early literacy for young children.  Depending on the age or skill level, a child  can read pictures and shapes of signs and understand what they signify.

Let the library assist you to enhance and expand your child’s learning ability with the following six early literacy skills:

  • Phonological Awareness –the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words
  • Vocabulary –knowing the names of things, of concepts, feelings and ideas
  • Narrative Skills –the expressive part of language - the ability to describe things and events and to tell and retell stories
  • Print Awareness –knowing that print has meaning, how to handle books, and noticing print   all around
  • Letter Knowledge – knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds
  • Print Motivation – is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books and reading

This is just a highlight of the Sing Talk and Read program.  There is much more information to share and learn about.  S.T.A.R. programs are currently being offered by the library at the Department of Human Services on South Capitol Street, or you can ask the children’s librarian for more information.