The initiative, which is available to 4-year-old children throughout the city of Charleston, aims to improve early literacy skills by encouraging reading + helping to prepare children for kindergarten.
Why it matters ○ With the rise of at-home learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the book club seeks to encourage + challenge young children as they begin to read, while providing a fun and safe virtual activity.
○ Through monthly virtual readings led by the mayor, the book club aims to help build children’s vocabularies, reading comprehension abilities and overall success with early reading.
How it works ○ Each month, a new book selection will be announced + a virtual reading with the mayor will be available on the Book Club website. The Gibbes Museum of Art will also provide a monthly art activity in coordination with the book’s themes and illustrations.
○ Parents or legal guardians may register their four-year-old children for a free membership at Buxton Books(160 King St.) where each monthly book will be available for purchase.
○ Official membership cards will be distributed to each enrolled child, and certificates of completion will be distributed to participants at the end of the year.
Coronavirus ○ According to the CDC, data shows that wearing two masks could be more beneficial in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This extrasafety measure can be done by fitting a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask. (WCBD) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
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