What in the world is early literacy?! It seems like that term gets thrown around a lot. Well, here it is in a nutshell: Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.
As parents and caretakers of these young ones, you have an essential role in early literacy because learning begins long before a child ever steps foot in a classroom. You can help your child learn important skills now that will set them on the right path to becoming good readers and writers. And the best news of all is that it's FUN!
Forget the flashcards and step away from the computer and the television. Instead, sit down together and play a game, laugh and sing songs, tell stories or take a walk outside and talk about all the wonderful things you see...birds, clouds, stop signs, grasshoppers! You'll have a grand time together and your child won't even know that you're getting them ready to learn to read and write.
Want to learn more about early literacy? Check out our Early Literacy handout.
High Plains Library District Early Literacy Brochure
For more information and some great resources, explore the Early Literacy page and weblinks on our Prenatal and Parenting libguide.
HPLD Early Literacy Resources
If you are looking for good books to read to your kids and some tips on how to share them, check out our videos.
Early Literacy Tips Videos.