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Getting Ready to Read

Six Early Literacy Skills

Hints that help your child get ready to read in school:

Print Motivation: having an interest and enjoyment of books.
Hint: Make book sharing a special time for you and your child.
Vocabulary: knowing the names of things.
Hint: Reading books is a great way to learn words we don't use every day.
Learning about Letters: learning that letters look different and have different names and sounds.
Hint: Point out letters and their sounds wherever you go. The most interesting letters to children are the ones in their names.
Learning about Books and Print: know how to handle a book and following written words on a page.
Hint: Point to words from time to time as you read so your child learns that you're reading the text, not the pictures.
Learning about Sound in Words: the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words.
Hint: Sing songs and say Mother Goose rhymes together.
Narrative Skills: being able to describe things, to understand and tell stories.
Hint: Let your child tell you what is happening in a book or what will happen next.