What is Early Literacy?
Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before the can actually read and write. Early literacy skills are the roots of reading success – and it’s never too early to plant the seed. Children prepare to read long before they start school.
Early literacy incorporates skills that children need to develop in order to be ready to read and ready for school. The American Library Association has identified five simple practices to help you prepare your child for reading: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing & Playing.
Talk. Talking with children helps them learn oral language, increases vocabulary and learn narrative skills. Sing. Singing and rhyming teaches children about the different sounds in words. Read. Have a regular reading time every day. It is the single most effective way to help children become good readers. Write. Writing, even scribbling teaches children that letters and words have sounds and meaning. Play. Play is a vital way for kids to learn about the world. Through play, kids work on all types of early literacy skills. Visit the library and let them pick out their own books. Give your child time and materials to color, draw, do puzzles and cut paper. It might be messy but it’s important!
Early Literacy Wonder Bags
Wonder Bags are available for checkout. Each bag has a book and several hands on activities parents and caregivers can share with their children. Bags can be found at the circulation desk.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
I Can Dress Myself
I Can Tie My Shoes
Get Up and Move
Shapes, Hibernation, Elephant & Piggie
Along with our Wonder bags we also have bags filled with just books. Giving parents and caregivers a quick checkout option for those busy days.