Early literacy is everything children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read or write. Too many children start school unprepared to learn to read because they haven’t had enough experiences with books, stories, letters and words. Parents can help give their children a better start. This guide can offer tips and suggestions on how to Sing, Talk, and Read with your young children.
We are excited to invite you to learn about the early literacy S.T.A.R. program at the D.C. Public Library. This program is for parents, caregivers, librarians, teachers, and anyone who is interested in helping children from birth to age 5 get ready to learn to read.
For more information, please ask at the Children's Desk at any of our locations!
Library staff can assist you in enhancing and expanding your child’s learning ability with the following early literacy skills:
Oral Language – is the foundation of early literacy that includes listening, speaking and non-verbal communication.
Phonological Awareness –the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.
Vocabulary –knowing the names of things, concepts, feelings and ideas.
Narrative Skills –the expressive part of language - the ability to describe things and events and to tell and retell stories.
Print Awareness –knowing that print has meaning, how to handle books, and noticing print all around.
Letter Knowledge – knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds.
Print Motivation – is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books and reading.
Background Knowledge – what children know about the world that helps them understand what is being read.