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)