Thursday , 23 November 2017

Early Literacy Stations Installed at McKinney Libraries

Early Literacy Stations Installed at McKinney Libraries

Early Literacy Stations Installed at McKinney Libraries

The McKinney Public Library System has acquired six Early Literacy Stations (ELS), recently installed at both McKinney libraries. The stations include a computer with 50 educational software titles for kids ages 2–10 in the English edition and over 50 in the Bilingual Spanish edition and were obtained through a grant from the Loan Star Libraries Grant Program, which provides direct grants to public libraries that are members of the Texas Library System.

“These tools provide children a safe, stand-alone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages,” said Library Director Beth Scudder.

The ELS has a colorful keyboard and child-sized mouse to promote easy learning. Educational software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The multimedia and educational content has been evaluated by early childhood specialists, educators and family focus groups using the latest developmental models.

The Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library has two English edition Early Literacy Stations in the Children’s Section on the first floor, and two Bilingual edition Early Literacy Stations on the second floor in the Spanish language section.  The John and Judy Gay Library has two English edition Early Literacy Stations.

Early Literacy Station educational software titles include:

 

     Dora The Explorer
    Just Grandma and Me
    Giggles Toddler ABCs & 123s
    Giggles Toddler My Musical World
    Jumpstart Advanced Kindergarten
    JumpStart PreSchool
    Math Doodles
    Millie’s Math House
    Photo Kit Jr.
    Reader Rabbit Learn to Read with Phonics
    Reader Rabbit Toddler
    Sammy’s Science House
    Sesame Street
    Stationary Studio
    The Tortoise & the Hare

For more information, please contact Michael D. Smith, Technology Librarian, at msmith2@mckinneytexas.org or 972-547-7321.

 

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