What is Early Literacy?
It might seem like children don’t start building their literacy skills until they learn to read, but in fact the development of literacy skills begins at birth! We call these literacy skills, which children develop long before they are ready to read, “early literacy”.
Children with stronger early literacy skills have better foundations for beginning to read and write when they start school. They also have better foundations for being successful throughout their life. That’s why it’s so important to support the development of these skills.
Literacy at Home
We all know that play is a valuable part of childhood, but did you know that play is actually a critical part of a child’s learning, development, and well-being? It’s true! We have two free resources to help you support your child in playing and learning!
An important part of child development and early literacy is the encouragement and nurturing of a child’s imagination. This activity will encourage children to think about key ideas in a story through the use of “who, what, where, when, and why” questions, while stimulating their creative and imaginative side.
Books to Build Early Literacy Skills
Early Literacy Kits
Each kit includes 10 books, along with related materials like puzzles, puppets, or CDs, and suggestions for crafts and activities.