Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write.
So, we know that early childhood is a critical stage in a child’s learning life, so how do teach them what they need to know? Well, what they need are Early Literacy Skills.
We are not trying to teach children to read, but we’re giving them the tools they will need to be ready to learn when they go to school.
Teaching these skills begins at birth. And as we saw earlier, it is important for kids to start Kindergarten already having these skills.
One of the way is to use Print Awareness.This is noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how we follow the words on a page.
Some ways to teach print awareness:
◦Let children turn the pages in a book.
◦Occasionally, follow the words you are reading on a page with your finger.
◦Point out “environmental print” which are words on signs, cereal boxes, etc.
It is more important for the reading experience to be positive than it is to read for a specific amount of time each day.