Walk your way through Eric Carle’s colorful story, “The Tiny Seed,” thanks to the Charleston Public Library. Try our StoryWalk ™ at the walking trail at the Charleston City Park across from city hall. Our library has mounted signs that contain pages of the book, and as you follow the trail, you’ll be able to read the story. It’s a healthy outdoor activity that helps with literacy and will be available to enjoy until it’s time to go back to school.
It’s never too early to help your child develop literacy. Researchers find that what a child learns in the first three years is crucial to early language and literacy growth. Early childhood is the time period when a child’s experience with books and stories should begin. Building early literacy is critical for shaping early brain development. What young children learn now will determine how well they perform in school.
The StoryWalk ™ gives children a way to learn new words, describe things and events, enjoy and tell stories, hear and play with sounds in letters and words, and learn how to follow a story in sequence, by physically moving from page to page.
Teaching kids the importance of daily exercise is another advantage to this program. Regular physical activity promotes good health, fosters psychological well-being, increases self-esteem and capacity for learning, and helps children and adolescents handle stress.
The StoryWalk ™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.