Core messages:

Children need to develop certain skills before they can learn to read.

Parents and other significant caregivers are a child's first and best teachers. They can help children develop early literacy skills beginning at birth so that children are ready to learn to read once they begin school.

Talking: Talking with children helps develop all six skills, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness. vocabulary, narrative skill, and print motivation.

Singing: Singing and rhyming are especially effective at developing letter knowledge phonological awareness, and vocabulary.

Reading: Reading also helps children learn all six skills

Writing: Writing helps children learn about print, letters. phonological awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills.

Playing: Play is a way children can learn all six skills.


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