Parent Resources: Early Literacy
For Parents with Children 0-5 Years Old
Links to Checkout:
- Phonics and Phonemic Awareness:
- Starfall.com offers a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Their phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
- pbs.org offers interactive activities tied to academic standards, including math, science, reading and creativity.
- enchantedlearning.com offers reading and writing activities easy to do at home, with themes like: seasons, languages, festivities, alphabet and more.
- The ClubHouse at the Children's Museum offers a variety of activities and explorations for children and families.
Try these at home to support your child's learning and development!
- Read together every day. Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
- Give everything a name - Build your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"
- Say how much you enjoy reading -Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
- Read with fun in your voice - Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
- Know when to stop - Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
- Be interactive - Discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
- Read it again and again - Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time!
- Talk about writing - Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
- Point out print everywhere -Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
- Get your child evaluated - Please be sure to see your child's pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child's language development, hearing, or sight.
Additional Website Resources
- Tips on Whole Child Development: http://notjustcute.com/
- Literacy Activities for Toddlers: http://www.livestrong.com/article/510948-early-literacy-activities-for-toddlers/
- Phonics Games for Preschoolers: http://www.starfall.com/
- Educational Games: http://pbskids.org/