“Early literacy” is what children know about reading and writing before they know how to read and write. Six basic skills help prepare your child for kindergarten by building a strong foundation for learning. A summary of each skill is below. More details and practice ideas can be found at Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy. Every time you sing, read, write, talk, and play with your child, you are building vital connections in their growing brain.

Print Motivation: being interested in and enjoying books
Print Awareness: noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book, and knowing how to follow the written word on the page
Letter Knowledge: knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing letter names and sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere
Vocabulary: knowing all kinds of words
Phonological Awareness: hearing and playing with the smaller sounds of words
Narrative Skills: describing things and events, telling stories, knowing the order of events, and making predictions

Sites for Caregivers

StoryBlocks: Songs & Rhymes that Build Readers (videos are in different languages including French, Italian, ASL, Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic)

Reading Rockets, Zero to Three: Early Literacy,

Librarian Videos
Friday Fun Day – Signs of Summer Scavenger Hunt
Signs of Summer Scavenger Hunt  (printable)
FF Summer Book List

Friday Fun Day – Little Mouse
Little Mouse Colored Houses (printable)

Friday Fun Day – Dinosaurs! (video)
Activity Packet (printable)