Reading is a critical skill for children to succeed in school. But literacy starts much sooner than
when a child reads their first book in school. Children learn skills that help them become better
readers in school from their early language experiences at home. Helping children to develop
these skills is essential: children who don’t have early literacy experiences before starting school typically start behind other children and frequently remain behind. How can you help your child get on the right track? Take a look at these three tips for developing early literacy skills:
uild Sound Awareness: Help your child to notice the smaller sounds that make up words and
learn to manipulate them. hyming games are a great way to draw attention to how some words
are alike and different. You can also practice taking the sounds of words apart and putting them
together to make nonsense words, or making lists of words that all start with the same sound.
uild Letter Knowledge: Learning that letters are different from each other and each one has a
different name and sound is essential for early literacy. Provide your child with toys that include
the letters of the alphabet, and point out the sounds that each letter makes. Have your children
compare letters and decide if they are the same and different. Let them gain additional,
multisensory experience by tracing letters with their finger, or making letters with clay, food, or
even their own body.
Read to Your Child: eading age-appropriate books to your child not only helps to increase their
interest in reading, it also increases their awareness that written words have meaning. Help build
this awareness not only through story reading, but also drawing attention to print in other
situations. When you are out with your child, point out signs or other text and read it aloud.
When at a restaurant, instead of just telling your children what food is available, look at the
menu together, and run your finger along the print as you read. Little experiences like this can go
a long way towards helping a child make a connection between print and meaning.
Do you think your child may need help developing early speech and language or literacy skills?
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please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at
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certified speech-language pathologists can help!
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