Early Literacy Skills

The Youth Services Department at the Plymouth Public Library strives to provide children and parents with the building blocks they need to prepare for school. As your child’s first teacher, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to foster a love of books and reading. Reading together at bedtime, coming to story time, and encouraging your child to make decisions about what they like to read and what they’d like to learn about is a paramount step in mastering early literacy skills.

Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they start school. There are six areas of knowledge, called the early literacy skills, which lead to future success as children learn how to read in school.  Follow the links for more information on all of these skills, which will help your child:

  • Learn to use books (“Print Awareness”)
  • Learn new words (“Vocabulary”)
  • Hear sounds correctly (“Phonological Awareness”)
  • Appreciate storytelling (“Narrative Skills)
  • Learn shapes and letters (“Letter Knowledge”)
  • Love books (“Print Motivation”)

Additional Early Literacy Resources

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