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Story Time at Everbrook

teacher reading to toddlersChildren understand their world through narrative and play, which means that Story Time may be a child’s most powerful learning experience. Story Time is such a powerful tool because it builds language learning and literacy abilities, alongside cognitive and social-emotional development.

To promote Story Time, our schools will get a selection of books that are curated to fit the specific needs of each age group, which are sent out every other month. Along with the books, there will be classroom activities specifically to go with each book. These activities illustrate how to read each book in a manner that develops language and literacy skills, plus activities that engage different developmental domains.

We also will send out our Story Time at Home Newsletter to provide fun facts about language and literacy to families, along with activities that engage different developmental domains.

The Power of Reading

A Message From Johnna Weller, Chief Academic Officer

Of all the moments you share with your child each day, reading a story together is one of the most impactful to your child’s development. When you curl up together and open a new or favorite book, you are deepening critical social and emotional bonds with your child and creating a language-rich experience that fuels the developing brain. Why is reading aloud to your child so powerful?

  • Stories help your child learn about themselves and others.
  • Picture books are filled with rich vocabulary that develops your child’s oral language skills.
  • Reading a book together helps your child with critical life skills, such as sustaining focus and attention, controlling impulses, and developing social skills like empathy.

Humans process and organize experience by thinking narratively, about who, what, where, and why things happen around them. Young children know this instinctively and are drawn to storytelling and books, wanting to hear them again and again. When you sit your child on your lap and point to the pictures, make animal sounds, or recite favorite phrases, you’re making connections that last a lifetime!


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