Great Parents - Macomb Newsletter (English, Spanish)

Reading Skills

1)  Enjoyment of Books - develop an interest in books.

  • Visit the library and bookstores.

  • Read to your baby/child.

  • Read your own books in front of your baby/child.

2) Word Knowledge - knowing the names of things.

  • Talk with your child about what is going on around them and their surroundings.

  • Talk about the story and pictures.

3)  Sound Combinations/Sound Awareness - the ability to hear and use the smaller sounds in words.

  • Rhyme with your child.

  • Sing songs.

  • Play word games.

4)  Print Awareness - learning that we read from left to right and top to bottom in the English language.

  • Read words that are in a child’s environment (such as street signs or signs in buildings).

  • Let your child hold the book and turn the pages.

  • Point to words as you read them.

5)  Verbal Skills- a child’s ability to understand and tell stories.

  • Tell stories to your child.

  • Allow your child to tell you stories.

  • Read your child’s favorite books over and over again.

6)  Letter Knowledge- learning that letters look different and have different names and sounds.

  • Talk about the similarities and differences between shapes and letters.

  • Point out letters to your child.

  • Read alphabet books.

Birth to 6 Early Literacy Skills  

American Library Association Every Child Ready to Read

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