January 25, 2011
The American Library Association will be releasing updated information about Every Child Ready to Read in the upcoming weeks and I thought it would be great to review Early Literacy skills before the new information is released.
There are six main Early Literacy skills that librarians can help parents develop to ensure a child’s success in reading: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Print Awareness, Narrative Skills, Letter Knowledge, and Phonological Awareness. Today, more about…
Letter Knowledge: Knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds and recognizing letters everywhere. This skill helps children understand that words are made up of smaller parts.
- Use shapes, e.g., foam, wood, with babies. If they become familiar with shapes, it will be easier for them to see the differences between letters.
- Find and point out letters in different places: like the car, the doctor’s office, or the store.
- Teach children about favorite letters, such as the letters in their names or in words that they especially like (e.g. dinosaur or mermaid.)
- Make letters out of different things, like your body, yarn, playdough, etc.
- Read alphabet books with children 4 and up. Remember it’s not necessary to read the book from beginning to end. Let the child look at the letters that are important to him.
- Point out letters and words on book jackets and in the text of the book. Make flannel or paper letters that are related to the book or storytime theme to reinforce letter knowledge.
- “Letter of the Day” will help children remember and think about a particular letter throughout the day. Choose a letter, and during the day find and talk about things that begin with that letter. Give a letter to children after storytime to help them remember that letter.