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Early Literacy


Help prepare young children to be readers with these five simple activities that are fun yet powerful ways to encourage early learning.

Talk Together
Children learn about language by listening and joining in the conversation. Talk as you play and choose books that interest your children to talk about!

Sing Together
Fingerplays, rhymes and songs slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

Read Together
Shared reading gets children ready to read. Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.

Write Together
Encourage your children to write or draw. A first step to writing is to stimulate small motor muscle control with toys and art supplies.

Play Together
Children learn language by interacting with others and also with their physical surroundings.

Spotlight on Basalt Library's Early Literacy Collection

Read a book that has alliterative phrases such as: "Bobby bakes bread" or "my mother makes mudpies." Helping your child find the letter that repeats shows them that the words we read are made up of letters. The Animal Antics series is great for this activity. This collection is located in the Phonics Readers.

Gives tips and activities for parents and caregivers of children from birth to age three.
CLEL Activity Calendars are great resources for you to engage your child in activities that enhance their reading abilities every day. Print these out, put them on the fridge and get reading.
This site is a great resource for parents. It has a list of key behavior and development topics.

Library of Virginia
This site provides a Family Literacy Calendar that can be accessed on line. Each day includes a song or action rhyme, a book suggestion, and more. I highly recommend it!
Starfall is a free public service to teach children with phonics. The systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language learners.