Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What Are Early Literacy Practices?

While you are in the library or at a child care center, you may hear teachers and librarians talking about early literacy practices and skills that will help your child get ready to read in the future. You know that these are important, but what are they? The five early literacy practices are talking, reading, writing, playing, and singing. These activities will help your child learn all of the skills necessary to read. There are six skills that these practices help your child build. These are print motivation, having an interest in books, print awareness, knowing how to read a book and the realization that print is everywhere in our lives, letter knowledge, knowing that letters are different from each other and knowing their shapes, names, and sounds, vocabulary, knowing all kinds of words, phonological awareness, hearing the smaller sounds that make up words, and narrative skills, describing things or events, telling stories, knowing the order of events, and making predictions during a book.

During storytime, we will always give you an early literacy tip so you can have ideas on how to implement these practices and skills at home. We also hold a program called Every Child Ready to Read several times throughout the year to give you more ideas. If you would like to read about these skills on your own, we own several books that will give you even more ideas and activities, including Preparing Children for Reading Success: Hands-On Activities for Librarians, Educators, and Caregivers by Julia Irwin, which is packed full of activities and recommended reading for certain skills. As always, if you’re looking for help, don’t be afraid to ask us! We are always willing to help you find resources.

Guest post by Sarah H. 

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