Katie Letts, Preschool Teacher

Miss Katie gets her Masters in ECE

It is clear that emergent literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness and phonics are important skills a child must develop before reading and writing are taught in early childhood classrooms.  All three work together to create a foundation that supports literacy success for student, but are not exclusive to school lessons, alone.  It is important that parents work with their children to promote literacy by engaging in activities that support emergent literacy.  Consistency not only helps children retain what they learn, but consistently showing excitement for words, sounds, reading and writing will encourage children to feel excited over these things, too.  

Some great ways to support your child with emergent literacy at home, are:

*Reading picture books out loud to your child
*Singing rhyming songs, like "The Name Game"
*Clapping out word syllables with your child
*Creating original stories and "publishing" them with your child by helping him/her draw sequential story pictures and writing down their words
*Singing nursery rhymes full of alliteration (Pinnell and Fountas, 2011)

In this video, child development expert Stephenie Anderson speaks about the importance of nursery rhymes for building emergent literacy (Anderson, 2012):