Early Literacy Tips From Awesome Educators!

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My friends that are educators have the best tips for building early literacy skills! I am so excited to share some of their amazing ideas with you all!

1. Post Words Around the House

To encourage reading (decoding) post words around the house for your child to recognize. Then when you read books at night, try and locate one word throughout the story. This helps build sight word vocabulary.

2. Make Story Predictions

Encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next in a story. This can be done just by asking “how do you think this story will end?” or “how will the character feel at the end of the story?”

3. Retell Stories with Stickers to Build Comprehension

Have your child retell stories to build reading comprehension by using stickers related to the story. Help your child use the stickers to sequence the events in the story. Use the pictures in the book to support the child in sequencing the events. To take it to a higher level after putting the stickers on, close the book and ask your child to retell the story using just the stickers.


4. Teach Letter-Sound Correspondence:

As your child starts to sing the ABC’s, direct their attention to the fact that letters make sounds. You can help build their ability to associate letters with their sounds by making up silly songs about the sounds letters make to the tune of a familiar nursery rhyme.

5. Make Reading Fun:

Read with your child as often as you can and let them pick out their favorite books. Bedtime is a great time to read, but it’s also great to find other times to read throughout the day. When reading to children use an animated tone of voice and don’t be afraid to use silly voices for characters and to really enjoy the time with your child!

  • Above tips from Elana Goldblatt, Kindergarten Teacher and mom


6. Read Aloud

Read with your kids from the very beginning. Babies love listening to your voice and looking at the pictures in board books. Instituting nightly stories as part of a bedtime routine is a great way to make reading a daily habit. Older kids love going to the library to pick out books to read. Ask older kids to make predictions and connections to the stories you read to encourage comprehension.

7. Print Awareness

Starting at around age 2, point out letters to your child. Notice letters in signs, books, clothes, etc. Begin to identify print as “letters” so your child starts to notice that print is written language. As your child gets older, you can start identifying the particular letters as a way to encourage letter recognition.

 8. Set a Strong Example

Make sure your child sees you reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage literacy is to model reading. Talk about books that you read for fun as well as reading you do to gain information (following a recipe, reading a newspaper, etc.). Prepare your child for reading success by encouraging excitement about reading!

Above tips (6-8) from Lily Jones, Educator, mama, & creator of Curiosity Pack

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11 comments on Early Literacy Tips From Awesome Educators!

  • Drew

    Reading aloud is a great tip. It’s a good way for them to hear the words out loud and recognize when they have it right and when they don’t. It also gives you a way to see for yourself how they are progressing. Thanks for the advice!

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Glad you enjoyed the tips, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  • Ursula Markgraf

    I especially love the first suggestions!
    I did that with my first child – but since then we have moved and I completely forgot to do that for our 2nd child. Will change that as of tomorrow …
    I also started quite early to write little notes and “letters” to my child, that way they get eager to read and you can start off super simpel.

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Ursula, love the idea of writing notes! What a fun learning opportunity! 🙂

  • Crystal Green

    For as much as I love to read, I’m not a huge fan of reading with my kids. I honestly think that is because of my dyslexia issues and how much I despise the whole process of learning how to read. However, it’s a vital part of teaching kids. I must admit I love to read books with them that are read to us by some narrator of some kind. I love to see their faces light up when their sense of imagination kicks in from actively listening to a book being read to them or them being able to read it with ease.

  • Lucy Stanyer

    A great post! You make the tips seem manageable to incorporate into everyday life. Thanks! I’ve shared with my online mums group too.

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      Thanks Lucy! My friends have great tips. So glad you liked it and thanks for sharing!

  • theartinpartyplanning

    I love the idea of posting words around the house. My daughter hates flashcards, but I still believe repetition is the only way to learn some words. Can’t wait to try!

    • Alison Edelstein
      Alison Edelstein (author)

      It is fun to think of new ways to use flashcards, like posting them around the house. You can also play games with them, like hiding them and finding them. 🙂

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