What is Early Literacy?

What is Early Literacy?

Early Literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before starting school. You can help your preschooler learn important skills now so they can become good readers. Parents and caregivers can build early literacy skills into everyday activities. American Library Association  www.everychildreadytoread.org


5 Pre-Literacy Practices

The 5 Pre-Literacy Practices as defined by the America Library Association help your child get ready to read. Here they are:

TALK Children learn oral language by listening to parents tell stories and express themselves. Children’s own self-expression also stimulates their brain development.

WRITE Printed words have meaning. Reading and writing go together. Children start by scribbling, tracing in sand, crinkling up paper, anything to strengthen hand muscles.

READ Reading together is the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. Reading develops vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge about things.

PLAY Play is the primary way children learn about the world and learn language. Symbolic play helps children understand that words can stand for real objects or experiences. Children gain knowledge from playing so they can relate to and understand what they read later. Play helps children think symbolically, express themselves, and put thoughts into words.

SING Singing develops listening and memory skills, slows down language so children can hear the individual sounds in words.


Storytimes  Click here for Calendar

Help your child get ready to read with stories, finger plays, and music. Receive information on child development and early literacy skill building. These story times are geared toward ages 0-3 but any ages 6 and younger with their caregiver are welcome!


Preschool Play Date

Toddlers! Come to the library for active play! Strengthen and develop your motor skills with hands-on exploration. Develop social skills while interacting with peers. Parents and caretakers can enjoy chatting with each other.  http://zblibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar?df=calendar&nd=30&et=5


Preschool Area Activity Log

Our activity log encourages you to use the preschool area and engage your child in the five early literacy practices, Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play, as defined by the American Library Association. Each skill is crucial to your child’s preparation to learn to read and write, and to succeed in school.

The Log lists four areas and describes interactive options for playing with your child. It tells how the five practices apply to each area. For example, all the play options involving the use of small or large muscles of the hands help prepare a child to hold a pencil and learn to write. Some options allow your child to explore on his or her own. Other options are interactive and your child will love for you to play with him or her. Check off at least one item in each area and turn in your activity log or a free book. Earning one book each month will bring 12 new books into your child’s library in a year. Limit of one book per month, one log per child.

View Activity Log here.