What Is Early Literacy?


Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your preschooler learn important skills now so they can become good readers.

Why parents are so important in helping their children get ready to read:

  • You know your children best.
  • Children learn best when they are in a good mood, and you know their moods best.
  • You can help your children learn reading skills in ways that are easiest for them.
  • Children learn best by doing things — and they love doing things with you. Take every chance you have to read with your children; tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes and sing songs.

Ask a librarian for the names of books to read to your preschooler. Ask about library programs that you and your child can enjoy together.

Early Literacy:
Get Children Ready to Read

   Birth to Two
   Two and Three
   Four and Five

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