Tips for Parents
A Special Place For Books
One of the easiest ways to show your child the importance of reading is to make a special place in your home to store your child's books.
Predictor of Reading Ability
Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade.
Incorporate Literacy During TV Time
Talk with your child about their show.
Preparing for Reading
Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to read.
How to Help Your Child Develop Literacy Skills?
You can help your child develop literacy skills during regular activities without adding extra time to your day. Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks such as sorting the laundry or thinking about what to cook for dinner.
Library storytime is a parent's opportunity to learn some new songs, stories, and rhymes that you can share and repeat with your child at home.
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Improving Literacy Skills With Multiple Languages
Adults and children can improve their literacy skills by reading books in the family's first language and then reading the same book in English.
Read & Re-read
Read and reread books about topics your child is interested in.
Share Your Experiences with Your Child
Share what you read with your child. Read aloud a portion of the newspaper or a book you are reading. Share why reading is fun.
Storytelling encourages imaginative thinking and builds narrative skills. Gather your family members at meal times and have them tell the story of their day.
Research shows that knowing eight nursery rhymes by age four means better reading skills at age eight.
Be A Literary Role Model!
Set a great example by keeping books in your home and modeling good reading habits.
Be Visually Literate
Explain illustrations in books.
Storytime & Babytime
We have FREE storytime and babytime programs each week to encourage reading and literacy. We also have special events that help build literacy skills, including puppet shows, sing-alongs and more! Browse RPL's Event Calendar
Tumblebooks for Kids Check out RPL's Digital Collections
Have you tried out Tumblebooks kids e-book collection? The words of each story are highlighted as they are read out loud. Keep in mind that e-books, apps and online games are best for kids age 2 or older.
Home Message Board
Try a home message board to exchange notes.
Learning Tips for Babies
Children under the age of two learn best from real-world experiences and interactions – such as physical play, reading print books together or listening to music together.
Boys are traditionally more reluctant readers. Magazines, sport cards, comics and others still count as reading.
Reading in Your First Language
Readign in your first language helps you learn English easier.
Build Vocabulary with Games
Board games and card games help build literacy by including words.
Reading is Bonding
Reading to Children is a bonding and nurturing experience.
Learning New Words
Children learn new words through nursery rhymes.
Interact with your child when they try new apps, ask questions and point out new things.
Incorporate Reading into Play
Incorporate reading an dwords into your child's playtime.
Read to Big Kids
Keep reading to your big kid to expand their vocabulary and book choices.
Let Your Child Turn the Pages
Let your cild turn the pages of the book so they understand how it works.
Studies show that future success depends on early reading abilities.
Age Appropriate Books
Choose age appropriate books for your child's development level.
What Makes A Better Reader?
The more children read the better readers they become.
Introduction to English
Library storytimes are an excellent introduction to English.
Seasonal & Holidays Reads
Visit the library for books that go along with the seasons and special holidays.
Encourage Free Play
Play stimulates the healthy development of children’s brains. Unstructured or free play is the best type of play for young children.
What's At Your Library?
The library has thousands of great books, digital books, movies, games and music albums to choose from – there is something for everyone!
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Keeping Digital Screens Out of the Bedroom
There is a place and time for digital learning. It's not bedtime though. Keeping screens out of the bedroom can help your child have a better night’s sleep.
Limiting Screen Time
The Canadian Paediatric Association encourages parents to limit screen time. For children under age 2, the recommendation is zero screen time. For children age 2-4, try a limit of 1 hour per day.
Special Needs Support