Choo Choo Club

Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program!

 Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program is in it's 9th year at the Library!  This popular children's program meets on Thursdays at 1:30 pm from September through May and is for children ages 3-5 (and their parents). Early literacy is everything children know about reading before they can actually read.  The program is designed to help your child learn all of the necessary pre-reading skills. 

There are 7 early literacy skills: 

  • Reading Readiness - learning to use books
  • Print Awareness - understanding that words on a page have meaning
  • Vocabulary - knowing the names of things
  • Phonological Awareness - hearing the smaller sounds that make up words (songs and nursery rhymes are a wonderful example of this skill)
  • Narrative Skills - understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end, being able to "re-tell" a story
  • Letter Knowledge - learning the name of each letter and it's sound
  • Print Motivation - an interest and enjoyment in books!

Each week, the focus is on 1 letter of the alphabet with all activities related to that letter and 1 or more of the above mentioned skills.  The children will learn correct pronunciation, practice writing the letter, complete art projects, hands on literacy activities and STEM activities.  Children will learn by "doing" in a fun, creative environment at their own pace with you, their parent, guiding them.  After all, you are your childs first teacher!  If you would like to have your child join us, please call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot! 

STEM based learning at Choo Choo Club!

  No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of STEM based learning for children.  STEM focuses on 4 disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are all areas of learning that kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future.  Exposing children at a young age to simple STEM concepts and activities sets the foundation for later higher learning.  At Choo Choo Club, the Library’s early literacy program for 3 - 5 year olds, children will participate in STEM based learning each week in addition to the weekly focus on 1 letter of the alphabet and literacy activities related to that letter.  Using specially designed kits children (with help from their parents) will complete scaled down, age appropriate lessons to introduce them to each of the 4 disciplines.  This past Thursday, the children completed activities using the balance scale.  They predicted which of 2 items would weigh the most and then placed them on the scale to see if they were correct.  They also used weights to balance objects and filled in a graph based on the color of the weight and amount they used.  Each activity concluded with answering some basic questions, such as:  which object was the heaviest?  or, which object did you have to use the most weights for? Choo Choo Club meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Required registration begins 1 week in advance of each session by calling 832-559-4235. 

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