Library offers new activities and talking books to support families and students with practices defined by the Read by Grade Three Law
DEARBORN – The Dearborn Public Library offers literacy kits for families to use with children in preschool through third grade.
The literacy kits were developed to help students and families practice skills identified in Michigan’s Read by Grade Three law: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.
Read by Grade Three Literacy Kits are sorted by literacy skill and grade level. Each kit includes a sheet explaining the featured skill, activity suggestions, book suggestions, and a VOX talking book. The VOX talking books are books with an audio player that allows children to listen to a fluent reader and follow along with the text.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer VOX Books for our families to use at home,” Library Deputy Director Julie Schaefer said. “They are the much improved, up-to-date version of the books that came with a cassette kit and beeped when it was time to turn the page. The books engage readers and improve their overall reading ability, which leads to greater success in school.”
“Ever since this reading law passed, we have been working to support families in practical, engaging ways,” Youth Services Supervisor Susan Jelic said. “These kits will provide families with interactive ways to improve their children’s reading skills.”
Read by Grade Three Literacy Kit funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan. Kits can be used in the library, or can be checked out with a Dearborn Public Library card.
To see the variety of available VOX Books titles, search for “literacy kit” in the library catalog at dearbornlibrary.org.
For additional information, contact the Youth Services Department at 313-943-2345.