Club 306 at Jenkintown Library is accepting applications beginning August 15 for Jenkintown Borough residents and August 22 for residents of Montgomery County for our 2014/2015 program. Club 306 is an early literacy program for children ages 4-8 and their favorite adult. This program works best for beginning readers ages 4-6, or older readers ages 7-8 who need a little more help with developing reading skills. We meet once a month on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM from October through May. We have an activity and the family goes home with a FREE goody bag of paperback books, laminated sight words, and some other kit or activity. Child and adult promise to spend 10 minutes a day 4 times a week on a fun literacy activity. In May, we have a party and children will receive their reading trophies.
Spaces are limited to ten families whose children have not participated in Club 306 before. Please register at Jenkintown Library, 460 York Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. For more information, call (215) 884-0593 and ask for Bonnie.
Attached are some links to sites that have “fun stuff” that you may want to use with your new reader. I have only included sites that offer FREE material. While some sites also have a paid area I have never subscribed to these areas and am not able to recommend them.
Readwritethink is the site for the International Reading Association. Click on the parent & afterschool resources on the far right of the menu bar at the top of the site. Scroll to the grade level you are interested in. They have online games, printouts, activities, etc. The site is searchable.
All Kids Network does not have a search engine (boo hoo) but is worth looking through to find great word search sheets, alphabet activities, sight word worksheets, coloring pages. It does more than literacy and has a lot of math stuff too.
Activity Village has over 10,000 pages of free activities. They have a search engine that will give you Activity Village results on the left hand side and Google results on the right. Also keep in mind that this site is from the United Kingdom. Some spellings and vocabulary may be different. That in itself can lead to a good discussion about words with kids.
DLTK-Kids has a great site. The first choice on the left hand menu is ABCs. Click on it and then click on a letter. Crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, mini-books, handwriting sheets, and more can be found. Like Activity Village above, DLTK-Kids has a search engine that shows DLTK-Kids results on the left hand side and Google results on the right.
Apples 4 the Teacher has online and print activities on literacy and other areas. The search engine will show google ads first and then apples4theteacher responses.
TLS BOOKS (no clue what the TLS stands for) has great worksheets and activities. Their search engine is not good, but they do have pretty good menus that help you find what you are interested in. They hope you will donate a $1 a year but it is not mandatory.
Wonderopolis is a fun site that just gives you an interesting fact every day. Good conversation starters.
Jenkintown Library received a $25,000 grant from Verizon’s "Check Into Literacy" program.
The funding has beenused to implement a reading literacy project entitled Club 306: A Literacy Program for Emergent Readers. Through the use of books and other materials, and a variety of learning activities, parents will learn important parenting skills, tips and techniques to help young children between the ages of 4 – 8 develop their reading skills.
The "Check Into Literacy" initiative allows Verizon’s landline telephone customers to indicate on their monthly phone bills that they wish to make a $1 tax-deductible donation to promote literacy throughout the United States. Verizon then distributes these donations to local literacy organizations.
“A dollar a month may not seem like much, but it can go a long way toward improving literacy skills in local communities and giving people the opportunity to succeed,” said William B. Petersen, President, Verizon Pennsylvania. “We are delighted that the Jenkintown Library’s program will benefit through the generosity of our customers.”
As Rosalind Lubeck, Director, Jenkintown Library, stated, ”Instilling in our children the love for reading at an early age has far reaching results for every child as he/she progresses through school.” Jenkintown Library is delighted to be a recipient of Verizon’s "Check Into Literacy" grant.