The Stark County District Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy by providing valuable information on the six pre-reading skills to parents, caregivers and educators through outreach and innovative library programs.
What is Early Literacy?
Early literacy is the knowledge your child has about reading/writing before he/she is actually able to read or write. The development of early literacy skills, such as how to hold a book or listening to stories, are critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read.
What are the Six Pre-Reading Skills?
· Words (Vocabulary)
-Talk with your child about what is going on around you.
-Read together and discuss the story and pictures.
-Read and speak in the language most comfortable for you.
· Loving Books (Print Motivation)
-Begin reading books early—even when your child is a newborn.
-Make book sharing time special.
-Visit our library often.
· Using Books (Print Awareness)
-Point to words as you say them.
-Let your child hold the book, turn the pages, and read or tell the story.
-Read aloud every day.
· Storytelling (Narrative Skills)
-Tell your child stories. Read favorite books again and again.
-Encourage interaction by asking “What?” questions.
-Ask your child to tell you something that happened today.
· Sounds (Phonological Awareness)
-Say nursery rhymes and sing songs.
-Singing songs is a good way to help your child hear syllables in words.
-Play word games such as “What sounds like ran?”
· ABC’s (Letter Knowledge)
-Read alphabet books with clear letters and pictures.
-Write you child’s name, especially the first letter.
-Explain what is the “same” and “different” between objects.
Where Can I Go for More Information?
· Your local branch of the Stark County District Library!
Booklists Specifically Geared Toward the Six Pre-Reading Skills:
|3. Sounds||4. Storytelling
|5. Loving Books||6. Using Books|
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