More Early Literacy Resources

There are activities that don’t look like reading at all, but they set the stage for a child to become a reader. These pre-reading behaviors may appear spontaneously through a child’s own observation and mimicry or an adult can encourage them.Look for and encourage the following:

  • awareness of print on signs, labels, packaging, etc. Kids can know that a sign says “McDonald’s” before they can actually read the letters
  • sound manipulation games, think “Hannah Hannah banana, banana-fana, fo-fana, me-my-mo-mana, Hannah”
  • awareness  of rhyme
  • concepts about print – Does the child know which way is up on a book? Do they have a sense that the pages turn one at a time and always in the same direction? As you read, point to the words so they can see you are reading from left to right.
  • sound discrimination – “Max is eating a muffin. Mmmmax…mmmmuffin…. those start with the same sound.”
  • Teach sounds FIRST, then the letters that are associated with the sound.

Literacy Videos and PDF (click links to view) Making words during Group Work Short Making Words Tactile Making Words  phonemic awareness

Phonics vs phonemic awareness

Powtoon on phonemic awareness

Phonics and phonemic awareness

Activities for phonemic segmentation