We invite you to participate in a program that encourages all South Huntington families to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Research shows that reading aloud with your children helps to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.
While the concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. The goal is to read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start Kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think.
1) Read with your child. Studies have shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity
bonding. Reading together is not only fun, but also will create life-long memories.
2) Keep track of the titles of the books that you read with your child on your reading log. This record will make a great keepsake for your child.
3) Record “any” books read to your child, including those read by teachers, librarians or siblings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any child from birth until he or she enters Kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program.
The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together. It may take anywhere from a few months to a few years.
All of them (provided they have not yet started Kindergarten.) Make it even more fun and read as a family!