Posted on July 5, 2011 by Melissa Edwards in Literacy.
What do you know about early literacy skills?
“Children prepare to read long before they enter school – early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Early literacy is a baby who chews on a book, a toddler who wants his favorite book read over and over, and a preschooler who “reads” the story to you from memory.
Early literacy skills begin to develop in the first 5 years of life.
Brain development research shows that reading aloud to your child every day increases his brain’s capacity for language and literacy skills and is the most important thing you can do to prepare him for learning to read.
Experts now know that:
- The development of language and literacy skills begins at birth.
- Children develop much of their capacity for learning in the first three years of life, when their brains grow to 90 percent of their eventual adult weight.”
(from the Multinomah County Library webpage)
Reading and talking to children as well as surrounding them with a rich language environment is important for building early literacy skills.
FreeReading.net offers activities and interventions materials for various early literacy skills:
- Phonological Awareness
There are also ways to participate on FreeReading.net:
- contribute and publish your favorite lesson
- rate an activity
- create a short story
- illustrate a story
- create a video
- start a discussion
I look forward to explore FreeReading.net even more in the future, so be on the lookout for future blog posts about this site and even ways to connect it with Big Universe Learning.
If you explore FreeReading.net and find some great things, please leave a comment here so we can all visit those activities too!