What is Early Literacy and What Helps it Develop?
Early Literacy is what children know abut reading and writing before they actually learn the process of how to read or write. Young children need a variety of skills to become successful readers. Reading experts have determined that six specific literacy skills become the building blocks for later reading and writing. Research indicates that children who enter school with more of these skills are better able to benefit from reading instruction they receive.
Six Early Literacy Skills:
Print Motivation: Developing a child's interest and enjoyment of books.
Print Awareness: Encouraging a child's awareness in noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and understanding how to follow the words on a page.
Letter Knowledge: Helping a child learn to name letters, understand that they have sounds, and recognize that they are everywhere.
Phonological Awareness: Increasing a child's ability to hear and play with the sounds that make up words.
Narrative Skills: Encouraging a child's ability to describe things and tell stories.
Vocabulary: Helping a child know the names of things.
(The above content was provided by The Iowa City Public Library)
Early Literacy Resources:
Reading Rockets: Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.
Zero to Three: Resources such as the Baby Brain map to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
Starfall: Teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.
Finger Play Videos by the Johnson County (KS) Library. Learn new finger plays and develop strong early literacy skills through interaction, song, narrative and creativity.