"The children are encouraged to sit with the group, raise hands to answer questions, and participate in discussions about the book topics," said Jennifer Amiel, director of education for the museum and coordinator of the program. "We always finish with a fun activity or craft they take home."
Preschoolers ages 2-5 and their families are invited to meet at the Museum on Main from 10-11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month for this free monthly reading program. Book reading begins at 10 a.m. with activities immediately following.
"We are seeing larger and larger groups returning for the programs," Amiel said. "This pre-literacy program is a fun way to introduce young children to a semi-structured learning environment."
The 2014 schedule of themes is as follows:
* Jan. 8: Just Be Me
* Feb. 12: Winter Olympics
* March 12: Here Comes Holi
* April 9: Teddy Bear Hugs
* May 14: Cowboys and Cowgirls
* June 11: Clowning Around
* July 9: Ramadan Moon
* Aug. 13: Old Time Summertime
* Sept. 10: Gold Fever
* Oct. 8: Celebrate Sukkot
* Nov. 12: Roaring Rockets
* Dec. 10: Native Winter Tales
No reservations are required although large groups or playgroups should call in advance, 462-2766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. in Pleasanton. For more information, visit www.museumonmain.org.