1 relaxed child
1 book of colorful pictures and / or a good story
1 accommodating parental lap
Combine each evening with no interruptions allowed
- Are never too young to enjoy stories
- Need good books to help extend their horizons
as well as build skills and clarify concepts
- Should be introduced to a wide variety of books
- Deserve to have books available to them in many
different situations, presented in creative ways
- Can increase their understanding of themselves
and others as a result of being exposed to good books
- Need experiences with stories and books before
the beginning of the formal reading instruction
- Need caring adults who will share a love of
books, stories, poems and rhymes with them.
EARLY LITERACY BEGINS
What is Early Literacy?
Early literacy is what children know about reading
and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows
that children get ready to read years before they start school.
You can help your child learn important skills now so they can become
Why parents are so important in helping their children
get ready to read:
- You know your children best
- Children learn best when they are in a good mood,
and you know their moods best.
- You can help your children learn reading skills
in ways that are easiest for them.
- Children learn best by doing things - and they
love doing things with you. Take every chance you have to read
with your children, talk about sotries, sing songs and play word
- Ask us at the library for the names of books
to read with your little one.
- Ask us about library programs that you and your
child can enjoy together.
HELPING YOUR CHILD GET READY TO READ
PRINT AWARENESS – Knowing how we follow written words on a page and
how to open and handle a book with care.
Ideas: When reading,
follow the text with your finger. Point out the author and title
of the book. Point out words around children see everyday such as
street signs, menus, or even their favorite cereal box.
PRINT MOTIVATION - a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.
Ideas: Read to your
child/children from the time they are very little. Start with just
pictures with simple stories and then grow to longer stories.
Knowing the names of things.
Ideas: Talk with your
child / children about what is going on around them. Name the items
that they use everyday. Sing songs and repeating nursery rhymes.
They are great ways to build their vocabulary.
PHONOLOGICAL SENSITIVITY – The ability to hear and play with the smaller
sounds within the words.
Ideas: Repeat silly
songs, nursery rhymes or repeat rhyming words. Clap out the syllables
of words or rhymes. (example: pease porridge hot, clapping your
hands on each word)
NARRATIVE SKILLS - The ability to describe things and events or to tell
Ideas: Read a short
story. Then, have your child tell it back to you in their own words
or by drawing pictures of the story.
LETTER KNOWLEDGE –
Knowing that each letter has a name and a sound to make.
Ideas: Teach your
child / children the letters in their name. Point out letters on
their nametags for storytime, or on their toys. Read alphabet books.