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Babies are sponges for learning. From birth to age 5, help your child unlock their potential for learning and reading.
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Born to Read

Reading isn’t just about knowing letters & words. Learning to read actually starts with building basic life skills, such as putting thoughts into words, recognizing sounds and building the muscles in fingers and wrists for writing.

Practice reading, singing, playing, talking and writing with your baby, toddler or preschooler every day to help build these early literacy skills.


5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child Prepare for Reading

Read: The shared experience of reading together with children will show them that books are fun and enjoyable. A positive attitude towards books will make them more likely to want to learn to read on their own. Learn more.

Sing: When we sing, we slow down our speech. This helps children hear the smaller sounds in words, learn syllables and develop vocabulary. Singing also helps develop listening and memory skills. Singing together is a fun bonding experience - whether you're a good singer or not. Learn more.

Play: Playing encourages children to put their thoughts into words, tell stories, problem-solve and imagine. All of these skills will help children become better readers and writers when they start school. Learn more.

Talk: When you talk with children about different events and ideas, it helps them learn new vocabulary and to use words they know. Learn more.

Write: Giving children opportunities to write, even if it is just scribbles, helps children understand that print can represent spoken words. It can also help children develop eye-hand coordination and the fine motor control they need to hold a pencil. Learn more.


Websites about Early Literacy

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