August – Early Literacy

Your infant, toddler, or preschooler may not be reading yet, but early literacy skills are still important! Early literacy skills will make learning to read easier when the time comes. Here are a few tips to help to help your child develop these essential skills:

  • Start reading to your baby from birth. Children who grow up hearing stories will be curious and motivated to read for themselves.
  • It’s not just about reading, babies and toddlers need to understand how books work – the front cover, what is right side up or upside down, where to start and which way to flip the pages. Board books are great for this purpose!
  • Children with bigger vocabularies have an easier time when they start to read. Just talking to your child will make reading easier for them!
  • Describing details and retelling stories are important foundations of early literacy. Ask your child to tell another adult about the story you just read to them.
If your child has a regular babysitter or daycare provider be sure to pass these tips along. Everyone can help your child develop early literacy skills!

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