Learning to read begins at birth. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teachers. The Every Child Ready to Read® initiative has put together a list of 5 strategies that parents and caregivers can use to help children from birth to age five develop essential early literacy skills and get ready to read:
- Singing – which also includes rhyming – increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
- Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
- Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
- Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
- Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.
This Kids’ Preschool Kit series includes one kit for each early literacy practice. The kit includes books, objects, and toys that encourage that practice:
- Kids’ Preschool “Sing” Kit
- Kids’ Preschool “Talk” Kit
- Kids’ Preschool “Read” Kit
- Kids’ Preschool “Write” Kit
- Kids’ Preschool “Play” Kit