Early literacy is defined as what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. It is a foundation for their future learning.
Here are the main five things to do with your child to encourage their Early Literacy Skills.
Talking- Children learn a variety of new words when engaged in genuine conversation
Singing- Brings awareness to different sounds in the language, makes learning fun
Writing- Print awareness, visible in the environment, drawing, scribing and creating letters
Playing- Asking questions to promote conversation and thought during play
Reading- Learning about letters, words and sentences. Hearing a rhythm in the language.
The Early Literacy Specialist provides programs within Dufferin County to support early literacy for children 0 – 6 years old.
These programs include (but are not limited to):
- Parent & Child circle times / workshops
- Community collaborative programs
- Words & Water – for parents and children 6 – 14 months
- Professional Development Workshops – for licensed child care centres and licensed home daycare workers(please visit Raising The Bar website for current workshops available)
- Supporting literacy & numeracy in child care programs (Centre specific staff workshops available by request)
Please contact County of Dufferin’s Early Literacy Specialist for further information on programs and workshops available and for all your early literacy enquiries: