Every Child Ready to Read

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Help Your Child Get Ready to Read!


What is early literacy?

Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. There are six pre-reading skills (outlined below) that children must know in order to learn to read successfully. You can help your child learn these skills - starting at birth!

Why are parents and caregivers so important in helping children get ready to read?

How To Get Your Child Ready To Read:

Reading Stages:

--Early Talkers - Ages 0 - 2           --Talkers - Ages 2 - 3           --Pre-Readers - Ages 4 - 5


Print Motivation

Print motivation is a child's interest and enjoyment of book. Children who enjoy books will want to learn how to read.

Early Talkers

Talkers and Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:


Letter Knowledge

Letter knowledge includes learning that each letter is distinct, and that each letter has its own name and unique sound. Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children figure out how to sound out written words.

Early Talkers

Talkers
Use the tips above, plus:

Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:


Vocabulary

Vocabulary is knowing the names of things. The more words children hear and understand, the more ready they will be to read on their own. Books offer vocabulary that conversation and television do not.

Early Talkers

Talkers
Use the tips above, plus:

Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:


Narrative Skills

Narrative skills include being able to describe things and events as well as tell stories. Being able to tell or retell a story helps children understand what they read.

Early Talkers

Talkers
Use the tips above, plus:

Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:


Print Awareness

Print awareness includes noticing print, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow words on a page. Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and helps them understand that print is useful.

Early Talkers

Talkers and Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:


Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. This encourages children to recognize language patterns and helps them sound out written words on their own.

Early Talkers

Talkers
Use the tips above, plus:

Pre-Readers
Use the tips above, plus:



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