Monona Library Children & Families
HELPFUL TOOL FOR PARENTSThe first five years of life can set the stage for success in school and later in life. It is important to ensure that every child is supported during this critical time of development.
4-C, in collaboration with United Way of Dane County, is happy to offer you a unique opportunity to learn more about your child’s development. Click here.
TIPS FOR RAISING A READER!
Reach Out and Read
EARLY LITERACY1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program which encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by daily reading aloud to their children ages birth to five.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The AWE Early Literacy Station is a dynamic computer for children ages 2-8. Learn more.
4K MATH: FAMILY FUN NIGHT. Sept. 12, 6PM
Studies show that children who receive quality early childhood education are more likely to be successful throughout their school years. Monona Library coordinates Math Literacy Night with the Monona Grove Together 4 Kids program. Parents learn what they can do at home to use books and games to enhance math concepts and learning for their young children. Children are invited to visit the library in their PJs!
- Learn about books that help introduce basic math concepts for young children.
- Enjoy a playtime where you and your child will make a one-of-a-kind math board game to play at home.
- Move from station to station to interact with your child using a variety of books and toys to learn math concepts.
Especially for parents, caregivers, and children ages 3 to 5, however, the whole family is welcome. Free! Register at mononalibrary.org, call 608-222-6127 or drop in!
Reading with a Dog at the Monona Public Library
The program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a therapy animal. But not just any animal.Dogs on Call teams are Pet Partners registered therapy animals as well as Read With Me teams that volunteer with their handler going to schools, libraries, and many other settings as reading companions for children. Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. Animals are ideal reading companions because they:
- Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure.
- Listen attentively.
- Do not laugh, judge, or criticize.
- Allow children to proceed at their own pace.
- Are less intimidating than peers.
"Therapy animals are scrupulously clean and well-groomed before each session, which helps. Many therapy dogs are treated with a dander remover product and body deodorizer before they volunteer. If a child suffers from severe allergies or asthma, reading with a dog might not be appropriate or enjoyable."
This video is a celebration of reading, and emphasizes the importance of helping children develop early literacy skills.