Five Early Literacy Practices
Children learn about language by telling stories, relating experiences and asking questions.
Singing is a fun experience that teaches new words and sounds which enhance memory and listening skills.
Find books that speak to your child’s interests and share them often.
Teach your child to communicate through printed letters and words.
Encourage pretend play and use of the imagination.
Focus on: Talking
One of the best ways to prepare children for preschool and early literacy is by letting them simply express themselves with words – just talking!
Preschoolers have so much to say if only given the opportunity. Language development is a crucial skill in a child’s life and helps them prepare for reading through vocabulary, expression and conversation.
- Encourage your child to talk by asking them open ended questions about day-to-day experiences such as school, family and play.
- Encourage them to “use their words” to describe what they want or need.
- Sing songs and check out Nursery Rhyme books at the Library.
- Play rhyming games with them such “I see a dog – what rhymes with that word?”
- Focus on letter sounds and ask them how many words can they think of that starts with the “S” sound? Or ends with the “ing” sound.
- Start a story and have them make up the rest.
- Read a book together and then help them retell the story in their own way.
- Encourage interactive storytelling and let the children act out parts and repeat the refrains.
- Read often and always make it fun, positive, and stress-free.
- Encourage your child’s questions, interruptions, and observations.
- Read enthusiastically, and use your voice to illustrate what’s going on in the story.
- If your child loses interest, move on to something else.
- Have books accessible to your child.
- Go to the library regularly, and let your child choose books.
- Attend storytimes and other fun events at the library.