Early Literacy

Early Literacy is what children need to know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. These skills can be practiced every day from infancy and on. Simply by talking with your child and encouraging discussions, enjoying books and storytelling together, and pointing out letters and words in every day moments, you are giving the gift of literacy. Strengthening the six early literacy skills at a young age has a direct effect on a child’s success in school and beyond.

Six Early Literacy Skills Children Need to Learn

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS

Hearing sounds through speech, singing, rhyming and dancing.

LETTER KNOWLEDGE

Knowing the alphabet and the sounds letters make.

PRINT AWARENESS

Noticing words everywhere! Point them out to your child, sound them out, explain their meaning.

PRINT MOTIVATION

Enjoying books and reading.

VOCABULARY

Knowing the meaning of words, expressions, and concepts.

NARATIVE SKILLS

Telling and retelling stories, describing objects, emotions and events.

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