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Feb 6, 2014 — Kim Mattingly
The Messenger-Inquirer recently did an article reporting that tests are showing that “nearly half of local students not ready for kindergarten.” Governer Steve Beshear reported last week that 51% of children entering Kindergarten in Kentucky were unprepared. The tests took place at the beginning of the school year to assess whether a child can use a five- to six-word sentence, sing simple songs, name shapes and colors and use scissors, pencils, and crayons, name letters and numbers, and dress themselves, among other things.
Many of the abilities tested in the assessment are early literacy skills. Early Literacy is everything that a child knows about reading and writing before he or she actually learns how to read and write. There are six basic skills that comprise Early Literacy:
There are also five practices that children need to get ready to read, listen, and write:
Early childhood education and early literacy are very important in brain development and preparing children to enter school ready to learn.
The Daviess County Public Library is hosting and Early Childhood Education Fair on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the fair is to provide parents with young children a one-stop shop opportunity for information on early childhood education programs offered in our community (headstart/daycare/preschools- private and public). Guest speakers from early intervention programs in our area, such as Building Stronger Families, Childcare Aware, First Steps, and H.A.N.D.S. will be in the Public Lounge throughout the program. We are anticipating 16 venders for the event. For more information, contact Christine Gish at the Daviess County Public Library 270-684-0211.