Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write.  It is not the teaching of reading, but is laying the foundation for reading so that when children are taught to read, they are ready.

~Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library by Saroh Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Maritn-Diaz

 

Why is Early Literacy important?

Learning early literacy skills before school leads to reading achievement and academic success.  Children who enter school with well-developed early literacy skills are ready to learn to read.

What are the Early Literacy Skills?

  • Letter Knowledge: knowing the names and sounds of letters, and that the same letter can look different (uppler/lower case, different fonts)
  • Narrative Skills: being able to describe events and tell stories
  • Phonological Awareness: being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds that make up words
  • Print Awareness: noticing print, the ability to handle a book, and understanding how to follow the words on a page
  • Print Motivation: being interested in and enjoying books
  • Vocabulary: knowing the names of things

What can you do to help your child?

  • Allow your child time to talk while you listen attentively
  • Encourage your child to handle books and “tell” you the story
  • Provide an atmosphere that is fun and language rich
  • Read often and make reading time an enjoyable time
  • Read, sing, talk, and play with your child
  • Write and color with your child to develop fine motor skills

How can the library help?

  • Ask a librarian for suggestions or check out one of our many recommended reading lists
  • Attend age appropriate library programs
  • Check out library media to use at home
  • Use the book lists to find materials your child may enjoy