5 early literacy practices to get ready to read -- from birth!
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Early literacy skills are the roots of reading success -- and it is never too early to plant the seed!
Children prepare to read long before they enter school. In fact, early literacy skills begin to develop right from birth. A child's positive early experiences with books and language lay the foundation for success in learning to read.
There is so much you can do to help build reading readiness. Talk, sing, read, write and play with your child. Share books together every day and have fun reading!
Talking with children helps develop language skills and stimulates brain development.
Singing and rhyming are great for learning the sounds of letters which helps prepare children to decode print.
Reading aloud is the most effective way to help children become good readers.
Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
Children learn about the world when they play. The more they learn, the more they understand books and stories when they begin to read."
Sorting: Sort groceries, match socks
Counting: Count the number of items in a grocery bag, count the number of steps you are climbing, count by twos, by fives
Patterning: Set the table (fork, plate, knife, spoon; fork, plate, knife spoon), playing with cans of food (big, small, big, small)
Measurement: Bake with your child
Geometry: Find triangles, squares, circles in items around the house
Math is all around us. Have fun with it!