Early Literacy Skills

Hi Everyone!  I have had a great Tuesday and I hope you have too!  I’ve decided to start this week’s blog talking about young children and early literacy skills.

Early Literacy is everything the child should know before he can actually read and write.

Young children start developing literacy skills in the first five years of life.  A panel of reading experts convened in 2002 to conduct research on the development of early literacy skills in children from birth to five.  The panel has determined there are six specific early literacy.

These skills are the building blocks for learning to read and write.  Many of you, I know, are already teaching your child at home.  🙂   But reminders are always a good thing!

VOCABULARY – Knowing what the names of things are extremely important.  Most children entering school know between 3,000 to 5,000 words.  You can help by reading (fiction and non-fiction) books; name objects in the child’s environment.

PRINT MOTIVATION – is a child’s interest in the enjoyment of books.  Have a collection of books at home.  (How to hold a book.)

PRINT AWARENESS – The child’s ability to point to the words on the page of a book.  Print awareness includes learning that writing (in English) follows rules.  Print moves from top-to-bottom and left-to-right, and that the print is being read by someone who knows how to read.  Encourage reading everywhere you go.

NARRATIVE SKILLS – Understanding and telling stories, and describing things.  Understanding what they are learning to read.  (Can the child tell you what happens at a birthday party.)

LETTER KNOWLEDGE –  Learning letters have names and are different from each other, and that specific sounds go with specific letters.  (Some fun activities are pointing and naming letters in alphabet books, picture books, on signs, etc.  Get creative.  Pull out the shaving cream or go play in the sand.)

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS – The ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words.  (Make up silly words, say words with a pause between the syllables, read stories of poems with rhymes or different sounds.)

Working with children is rewarding!  Whether it is your child, a student, or a child you baby-sit you can contribute to their learning by providing experiences in the home.

Early experiences are critical for future success in literacy.  

Be a mentor and read!



Links to follow:


Amazon – Finger Bones by Sara Stinson



About sarastinson

Sara is the youngest child of three children. She grew up in a small town in Elba, Alabama. She grew up reading “The Nancy Drew” series. She also enjoyed reading over and over the “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey” by Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis Figh. After retiring from teaching, her own children encouraged her to start writing. “Finger Bones” (Volume 1 and 2) was written. She is writing the third volume now. She has also written a Young Adult book called Night Owl. It's Book One from the Hally Witch Series and will be published in October 2015. She is currently working on another Young Adult book called Jordan - Circle of Fire. Her goal is to have it out by December 2015. Sara continues to substitute at nearby schools. She enjoys sharing her characters with her students. They have become her cheering squad along with her family.
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4 Responses to Early Literacy Skills

  1. sharonledwith says:

    Very informative post, Sara! Spread the great info! Cheers!

  2. Lisa Orchard says:

    Great post Sara! Tweeted and shared for you!

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