early literacy in storytime: examples three and four

I’m sure you remember that early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write, and that early literacy skills are the building blocks for later reading and writing.  Here are two more examples on how early literacy techniques are being incorporated into toddler tales.

Example #3: Occasionally during the reading of a book, I will run my fingers along the words as I read them.   This shows children that I am not just reading the pictures to create a story, but that the sounds that I make are related to the words on the page.  I recommend that you do the same as you read to your child.  You don’t have to do this with every word in every book that you read, but try it on occasion.

Example #4: At the end of each storytime, I show a letter of the alphabet and we make the letter’s sound.  While your child is probably too young to make an immediate connection between the letter’s appearance and sound, or to learn the name and sound of a particular letter, we are working on those things.  We are especially learning that letters make sounds, and that those letters and sounds are different from each other.

Of course, the most important thing about storytime is that we have fun!  Even as storytime comes to an end for this session, I will give you more examples on how early literacy techniques are being worked into storytime.

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