ONLINE: Early Literacy Challenges
There is no doubt that parents and caregivers are children's first and best teachers. Have some fun as you help your child develop early literacy skills. It will get them ready to read!
There are five practices on which to focus:
1. Talking: Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
2. Singing: Singing develops language skills. Slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. It helps children learn new words and information.
3. Reading: Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.
4. Writing: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.
5. Playing: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.
Each month we will feature a different practice, and post a new early literacy challenge every Tuesday on Instagram. In July we highlight Talking!