RAISING READERS @ YOUR LIBRARY It's never too early to help your child learn skills to become a reader. Research shows that children learn skills that get them ready to read years before they start school. How? By talking, reading, singing, playing and writing with your child! You can find out more about Every Child Ready to Read at the Library. Or check out Ready 2 Read! brought to you by the Montana State Library for more ideas of activities you can do with your child.
BABY BRAINS Recent research findings and insights into the human brain make one thing is clear--the first five years of life are critical for brain development. What can you do to promote brain growth? Take a look at Zero to Three for some fascinating information.
Zero to Three's Baby Brain Map
MEDIA GUIDELINES Media is fun and kids enjoy it. Adults do, too. But there is so much out there it's hard to keep track of and know what to do. The Library has a printable handout with general guidelines for children. Additionally, there are a couple of websites worth looking at that specifically review books, movies, and websites. Take a look at some of the links below.
Common Sense Media for help in what movies are best for your child
Parents' Choice to find award-winning books, games, and media
COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE If you or someone you know is in need of help with shelter, food, childcare, health care, or any other assistance, consult this list of resources provided by the Early Childhood Community Council and the Greater Gallatin United Way. This great reference tool will provide you with the services and organization ready to lend a helping hand.
Greater Gallatin Community Resource Guide
GALLATIN COUNTY YMCA WINTER/EARLY SPRING PROGRAMS Looking for some fun winter activities for your kids? Interested in expanding their minds while teaching them skills for healthy living? Check out this winter's programs being taught by the Gallatin County YMCA.
Gallatin County YMCA Winter/Early Spring Programs