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5 Early Literacy Practices

Now that you are aware of the 6 skills that give your child the basic fundamentals to navigate early literacy skills. A second edition of Every Child Ready to Read was introduced so that parents and caregivers can easily integrate these practices into everyday activities to help children learn early literacy skills.


Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.


Singing—which also includes rhyming—increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).


Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help

children become proficient readers.


Writing Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.


Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories

once they begin to read.

Every Child Ready to Read® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association.

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