Early Literacy skills are the things children need to learn before they start kindergarten in order for them to be successful at school. They include:
Narrative and conversation skills
Love of stories
Fine and gross motor skills
The ability to manage emotion
How can you practice Early Literacy skills with your child at home?
Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play!
When you TALK with your child they learn vocabulary, narrative skills, and how conversation works.
When you SING with your child they learn vocabulary they might not come across in their daily life, and that words are made up of sound parts.
When you READ with your child they learn how a book works, how words flow on a page, narrative skills, how symbols represent ideas, the shape and orientation of letters, and how stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
When you WRITE (or just color) with your child they learn fine motor skills, the shape and orientation of letters, and they gain practice expressing themselves with symbols.
When you PLAY with your child (especially imaginative play) they learn fine (and gross) motor skills, narrative skills, and all of the executive control skills.
Tips on Youtube
Click on this link to watch Early Literacy Tips from our librarian.