'Babygarten' at St. Luke’s UMC in Memphis helps babies’ literacy growth; classes begin in September


St. Luke’s UMC in Memphis, Tennessee, is offering free Babygarten classes for babies ages 0-18 months this month.

Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies that encourages literacy development and emotional bonding through reading and songs, according to the church. The program was designed by two librarians who feared that young children weren’t receiving the exposure needed to become competent readers.

During the classes, babies and their caregivers will interact through nursery rhymes, songs and books. Participants will also make fun projects such as homemade toys or baby book items that show babies’ developmental milestones.

Caregivers will learn the importance of reading to their children, as well as more effective reading strategies. Each class concludes with a play period for children.

2017 fall class dates and times are:

  • Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. Sept. 13-Oct. 18
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. Sept. 16-Oct. 21
Children older than 18 months will be accepted with the instructor’s permission.

St. Luke’s UMC is located at 480 S. Highland St. in Memphis.

For more information on Babygarten classes, contact Marcy Mittelstadt at marciam11@att.net.