In our storytime planning, we like to incorporate the “Every Child Ready to Read” 5 pre-literacy practices. These seemingly simple practices help us to model to and encourage parents on how to help their child become a great reader.
Here are those five practices:
1. Talking: Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
2. Singing: Singing develops language skills. Slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Helps children learn new words and information.
3. Reading: Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.
4. Writing: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.
5. Playing: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.
As a parent, you can incorporate these five practices very easily in your daily routine! Here are some suggestions:
- Talking: Keep up conversations as you go about your daily routine, for example, as you walk down the sidewalk, point out a street sign and say “Here’s the name of our street! It’s called Main Street”. Or talk about the color socks they are putting on. Or count the number of crackers or apple slices they are having for a snack.
- Singing: Sing familiar songs together – I’ll bet your child sings some storytime songs at home! Ask him or her to sing it again, or teach it to you.
- Reading: It goes without saying that you should be reading to your child every day. If you haven’t already, enroll your infant-preschool aged child in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
- Writing: Drawing, scribbling, and practicing letters all help those emergent fine- motor skills and print recognition.
- Playing: This is the work of childhood! Play with your child often!
If you need more ideas to help you incorporate these five practices into your daily routine, here’s a link to a fun calendar produced by Upstart (part of Demco, a library supply company). This calendar prompts you to do one fun thing each day of the month that will that will help your child build pre-reading skills: Daily Fun with Your Little One!
Download a free calendar each month!