Early Literacy: Getting Ready To Read
Babies are born able to process language. In the early years, they become increasingly aware of the language we use and start to use it themselves. Reading, talking and singing with them helps to build their understanding of the language they’ll come to use themselves. Reading in particular helps them understand how text works and positions them to increase their language and literacy skills throughout their lives. This early phase, before children are conventional readers is called the Early Literacy Phase.
What are Early Literary Skills?
Children learn many important things during the early literacy phase. They:
- Build vocabulary
- Learn how our language works and use it to tell stories, share ideas and ask questions
- Learn how to handle and use books as well as learning about different types of books like stories, fact books, poetry, cookbooks, etc.
- Begin to write through drawing and scribbling
- Play with the sounds of language through songs, rhymes and tongue twisters
- Build their knowledge of the world around them
- Understand letter-sound connections
- Develop a love of literacy (reading and writing)
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