School Readiness Begins at Birth!

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Your child has been learning about language and literacy since birth!

When you spend time reading, talking, singing and playing together with words and language you are helping to get your child ready for kindergarten. As a parent, you are your child's first and best teacher - and the key to your child's school success!

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities



Your child learns to talk by listening to you and others around him. By the time your child is school age, he or she will understand at least 3000 words.  Learning lots of new words will help your child recognize written words and understand them when reading begins.

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Songs are a wonderful and fun way to learn about language.  Singing slows down language so that your child can hear the different sounds that make up words. Research shows that when words or phrases are sung or chanted, they can be remembered more easily—since the brain creates patterns or pathways through repetition.

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Reading together is the single most important way to help your child learn about language and get ready for reading. Reading increases vocabulary and your child’s knowledge of his or her world.  Your child will learn how print looks and how books work.  And it shows your child that books and reading are fun—so he will want to learn to read on his own.

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Reading and writing go together.  Both represent spoken language, and help your preschooler to learn to communicate information. Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing activities, and they can start to understand that writing is about telling a story.

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For young children, play is learning and learning is play.  Language improves as children engage in imaginative play with favorite dolls or toys.  As they learn to think symbolically, children learn that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.  Play also helps children to express themselves and put thoughts into words.

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Learning the ABC's

Letter knowledge means knowing all of the letters, their names and sounds, and recognizing them. 

Here are some tips for helping your preschool child learn about the letters of the alphabet-