In support of early literacy and language, Arizona Science Center is excited to offer “Stories, Strollers and Science” every Monday beginning August 5 through August 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Come join us as we read unique stories tied in with science and math and experience fun, hands-on learning with a special toddler-appropriate project. “Stories, Strollers and Science” is free with admission to the special hands-on exhibition, “Sesame Street Presents: The Body.”

The first 5 years of life are crucial in building your child’s foundation for being inquisitive and motivated, a problem-solver and a successful lifelong learner.

It is important for families to engage in reading experiences with their children as early and as often as possible. Reading a book together before bedtime, checking out resources at a local library and engaging in activities from cultural organizations like Arizona Science Center can help provide your child with opportunities to develop communication skills, learn robust vocabulary and practice language and literacy skills necessary to prepare them for success in school and in life.

Children who experience reading with their family begin to learn that books are a special part of the learning process, begin to use language from books in their everyday communication and begin to understand the structure of storytelling and conversation. A good site to check for toddler reading milestones is PBS Parents online.

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