Children love to learn, and your child learns best when doing fun and interesting activities with you. This calendar provides daily activities for you to do together that are enjoyable and educational. These activities will help your child be ready to succeed in school. Many of the activities require no supplies or use only common household items. “Play” is a child’s “work” so simply playing with your child using daily activities is the goal. Remember, the things you learn with joy, you’ll remember forever.
Is there a detective in the house? Each month's illustrations features a Seek & Find to challenge your child's attention to detail. Have fun learning about each month's topic while hunting for all the small objects in the pictures!
Almost every month features a "Maryland Spotlight," designed to focus on the literary and musical contributions of Maryland authors, illustrators, educators, and musicians.
The calendar has additional pages focused on community resources, additional learning opportunities and more!
Marcia Leiter is the author and illustrator of a picture book series featuring Sweet Pea, String Bean, and multitudes of mice and other creatures. She lives in Carroll County, Maryland. She has completed three books so far which can be found at your local library and has plans for many more.
The Maryland Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Forever Calendar is a collaboration of several wonderful and talented people. We are fortunate to have worked with these groups and individuals for this original edition of the calendar. We would like to thank them for their words of inspiration, assistance, and support of this project, and permission to use professional resources, logos, and photos:
Institute of Museum and Library Services * Mary Amato * Jerdine Nolen * Lulu Delacre * Kevin O’Malley * Debbie Levy * Ronald L. Smith * Laura Gehl * Phyllis Reynolds Naylor * Jon Lewis * Marcia Leiter * Betsy Diamant-Cohen and the Mother Goose on the Loose program * Baltimore County Public Library Maryland’s Best - Homegrown By Heroes Program * Public Library Association’s (PLA) and the Association of Library Services to Children’s (ALSC) Every Child Ready to Read program * Carroll County Public Library * H. G. Roebuck & Son, Inc. * South Carolina State Library Staff * The School Foundation of Florence, South Carolina.
From Carrie Sanders and the Maryland State Library, we dedicate Maryland Day by Day to families across the state in the hope that you will continue to develop a love for libraries, books, and learning that will last a lifetime.