What can you do to help your child build a foundation for reading? If you are talking,
reading, singing, writing and playing together, you’re off to a great start!
The resources below can help you understand more about why these activities are
important to your child’s development and give you ideas for helping them
build the skills which will eventually help them become readers.
This tip sheet from Nemours BrightStart! helps parents understand early literacy
development and how to recognize any problems that might challenge future reading
The Birth to Six resources
from the Hennepin Public Library in Minnesota link book suggestions to skill areas
necessary to help your child get ready to read.
Available in English and Spanish, this collection of articles from Colorin Colorado will help you use storytelling, rhymes,
music and more to strengthen reading and language skills.
PBS Parents will walk
you through your child’s language and literacy development birth through age
eight and provides resources to help you support literacy development at each age
Understanding the Science behind reading
The Science behind Reading and Early Childhood Development Want to understand more
about your child’s brain development and the science of learning to read?
In this PBS special from WETA’s
Reading Rockets, learn what scientists have discovered about how our brains
work when we read.
This fact sheet from Better Brains
for Babies shares important information about early brain development and
offers tips for parents who want to build their babies’ brain power.
The full report of the
National Early Literacy Panel addresses issues of instructional practices
for young children so that parents and teachers can better support emerging literacy
Get the brain basics of early childhood development from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
This article from Edutopia
provides a fuller understanding of how brain structure can help better determine
how—and when—each child will best learn to read.
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