Fostering Early Literacy

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 good readers. You are your child’s first and best teacher.

Here are five simple practices to help your child get ready to read:

Early Literacy Practices

  • Talk Together: Children learn about language by listening and talking. Talk as you play and choose books that interest your children so you have more to talk about
  • Sing Together: Songs slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words
  • Read Together: Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves, which increases their likelihood for success in school
  • Write Together: Provide your children many opportunities to scribble, write and draw. By writing they learn that printed letters and words have sounds and meaning
  • Play Together: Children develop language skills by interacting with others and their physical surroundings

The library is is here to help, together we can be ready to read.