Since January, The Library of Virginia has offered the Virginia Family Literacy Calendar at DayByDayVA.org where State Librarian Sandra Treadway explains that “you and your child can embark on an adventure together through books and reading and the many fun-filled activities that spring from them.” The project is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and, according to Treadway, is designed to “help you identify events and activities that support early learning and ensure that your child is ready for school and ready to read independently. The goal is to help provide parents with the tools that make spending time with their children easy and fun, while also helping young ones learn new things about our state and our world.”
The calendar allows you to navigate backward and forward through the 365 days of the year. There are links to “Arts & Crafts“, “Be Healthy“, “Places in VA“, and “Read With Me“. The “Read With Me” site provides an additional link, beyond Shenandoah County Library System’s Online Resources page, to the wonderful collection of TumbleBooksTM, a library of electronic talking picture books with music, sound, and narration suited for elementary school children.
Treadway explains that DayByDayVA is where “you find ideas for stimulating your child’s mind and imagination using materials found in your home, as well as lists of books, music, and other educational resources that you can obtain through your local public library. The Library of Virginia works closely with Virginia’s public libraries and other state and federal partners to assist and support you as your family navigates through the early learning years. The hope is that the calendar will serve as a springboard to provide you and the youngest members of your family with a love of learning that will last throughout their lives.”
Try it out! It’s a lot of interactive family fun!