Early literacy or pre-literacy is what children need to know before they learn to read and write. Did you know that the library has special early literacy bags to check out that contain a collection of books, toys, and other items for parents to practice these skills with their toddler or preschooler? There are a total of six different themes: clothing, food, on the farm, happy birthday, bugs, and bathtime. Each bag focuses on a different early literacy skill: phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills.
Did you know that mealtime can be an opportunity for interactive learning? When families take the time to talk about the daily events in their lives, children learn new words and new concepts just by listening to others speak. Even when it doesn’t seem like they are paying attention, young children are always processing the world around them. Check out this website for other ways to shape your child’s learning success.
Oral language skills are important because without a strong understanding of language, children will have difficulty understanding the words they read. Children with large vocabularies have a much easier time decoding words as they begin to read. So let’s start to build these large vocabularies!
What you can do:
Read aloud and discuss the story and meanings of words as you read
Use rare words (for a great explanation of why you should use big words with your children, check out this website)
Preliteracy skills are the tools that will help young children to grow into readers. The development of these skills begins at birth. Supporting a child’s growth in these areas will set them up to succeed with the literacy skills they will learn later in school.
Children with large vocabularies have a much easier time decoding words as they begin to read. Reading picture books aloud will introduce children to new words and provide opportunities for prediction and conversation. Here are some staff favorites for very young children:
We are so happy to welcome you back inside the library. We have missed you! Before bringing your child to the library, you may want to watch this video together to help set their expectations. This will help prepare them for what has changed and reassure them that some things remain the same.