Early Childhood Literacy: 6 Skills

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2007, 12:00 am

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(Length: 6 min, 59 sec)

For the majority of children, reading is not an easily acquired skill but one which takes work and practice. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they actually start school. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Educators have defined six specific pre-reading skills that lay the foundation for learning to read. These are the early literacy skills we seek to incorporate in our storytimes to help children learn now so that they can become good readers and writers later.

In this video, Youth Services Librarian Debbie Zimmerman briefly explains each of the six early childhood literacy skills— Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Narrative Skills, Print Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Letter Knowledge— offering examples of each.

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