early literacy

For a basic review of early literacy, click here.

The early literacy concept of Print Awareness includes learning that reading and writing follow basic rules such as moving from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, and that written language is related to oral language.   An example of print awareness is a child’s ability to point to the words on the page of a book.  Print Awareness is a reliable predictor of future reading achievement.

Your child’s print awareness can be encouraged by pointing out and reading words everywhere you see them – on signs, labels, at the grocery store and post office.  Also, as you read to your child, occasionally point to the words on the page–this will show your child that the story that you are reading comes from the words on the page and not just the pictures.

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