Let's Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Let's Read is being implemented with communities across Australia through a joint initiative between the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Smith Family. Let's Read aims to give families the information and tools they need to introduce their children to books from a very young age in a bid to improve Australia's literacy levels. West Wimmera Shire families will be provided with special Let's Read resources including tips and information on how to read to babies and toddlers, a suggested book list, a DVD demonstrating ways to have fun with books, and an age appropriate book. This will occur during visits to our Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Monica Feder, at four age points from 4 months to 3.5 years. The resources will be made available to families free of charge, thanks to West Wimmera Shire Council, Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN and local schools. Exposing children to books and reading in their pre-school years is thought to assist in the development of emergent literacy skills (the ability to identify and manipulate sounds), the building blocks that are needed to help children learn to read later in life. Let's Read seeks to address research that has found that children who have not developed emergent literacy skills by school age are unlikely to catch up with their peers.
Monica Feder Maternal and Child Health NursePO Box 201, Edenhope VIC 3318 Mobile: 0428 595 725 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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