Early Literacy


Early Literacy

What is early literacy?  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.
Parents and caretakers of young ones, have an important role in early literacy.  Learning begins long before a child ever steps foot in a classroom. You can help your child learn important skills now that will set them on the right path to becoming good readers and writers. And the best news of all is that it’s FUN!
Forget the flashcards and step away from the computer and the television. Instead, sit down together and play a game, laugh and sing songs, tell stories or take a walk outside and talk about all the wonderful things you see…birds, clouds, stop signs, grasshoppers! You’ll have a grand time together and your child won’t even know that you’re getting them ready to learn to read and write.

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Early literacy combines 5 practices:
ECRR Practices Wordle


The more words children hear, the more words they know! Talking to your child increases vocabulary.
  • Use as many words as possible when speaking to your child.
  • Respond when your child speaks to you. Listen for a response when you ask a question.
  • Speak to your child in the language you know best.


Songs slow down language and make words easier to hear. They also allow children to hear the individual sounds in words more clearly.
  • Clap to rhythms in a song to break down syllables in words.
  • Sing the ABC song to learn letters.
  • Read and sing nursery rhymes with your child.


Learning through play helps children increase narrative skills and awareness of the world around them. Play allows children to learn language and put thoughts into words.
  • Give your child unstructured playtime and time to use his/her imagination.
  • Use puppets and stuffed animals as characters in stories.
  • Read a book and then act out the story.


Reading books with your child is the single most important action to get your child ready for learning. Read every day.
  • Before you read a story, look at the cover and ask your child what he or she thinks is going to happen in the story.
  • Read different genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels.
  • Let your child choose his or her own books to read and share together.


Reading and writing both communicate information. Your child can develop the fine motor skills needed for writing through coloring, painting, or using a stick to draw in the dirt.
  • Use finger paint or chalk to create pictures.
  • Use writing in play: pretend to be a server taking an order or a police officer writing a ticket.
  • Write stories together to show the connection between written and printed language.

Information and Resources

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 Reading Tips for Parents Brochure-English (PDF)
Reading Tips for Parents Brochure-Spanish (PDF)
Kindergarten Readiness Brochure-English (PDF)
Kindergarten Readiness Brochure-Spanish (PDF)

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