What is Early Literacy and why is it important? Early Literacy is everything your child knows about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. Early Literacy is your baby chewing on a board book or laughing at a favourite song. It's your toddler cuddling up to have a familiar story read again and again. It's your preschooler recognizing the logo of a favourite restaurant or the place where you grocery shop.
During the first five years the brain is forming connections that determine a lifetime of skills and potential. Children who have been exposed to repeated positive experiences such as reading, singing, rhyming and storytelling, in their early years, become much better readers and are much more likely to succeed in school.
There are six pre-literacy skills that help your child learn to read:
|I Love Books!
||Print Motivation - being interested in and reading books.
|I Know Words!
||Vocabulary - knowing the names for things.
|I Know Letters!
||Letter Knowledge - knowing that each letter has a different look and makes a different sound.
|I Can Tell Stories!
||Narrative Awareness - being able to describe things and events and tell stories.
|I Hear Sounds!
||Phonological Awareness - being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words.
|I See Words!
||Print Awareness - noticing print, knowing how to hold a book and how to follow words on a page.
Help your child become a successful reader
You can help your child to become a successful reader by making reading part of your every day activity at home.
- Make reading a joyful experience through storytimes that are fun and interactive.
- Read to your child as often as possible, in whatever language you speak at home. Children get the same benefit from being read to in any language.
- When you spend time reading, talking, singing and playing together you are helping your child get ready for school success.
- We can help! Ask us about ways to interest your child in reading.
Need some suggestions? Try these read-a-louds for babies, read-a-louds for preschoolers, and wordless picture books to encourage literacy in your children.
Introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and reading at our fun storytimes. Storytimes highlight the 6 pre-reading skills that are the stepping stones to reading success. We'll introduce you and your child to great children’s books and to activities that can be used at home to develop your child’s language and pre-reading skills.
Our storytimes are planned to be developmentally appropriate for different age groups with stories, songs and activities that match the age and attention span of the children. All storytimes are free and there’s no need to register – just drop in and enjoy!
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