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The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child!
Take a look at this short video about how talking and reading with your child is so important in building literacy skills.
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Class of 2024
3 - 5 YEARS OF AGE
Preschoolers like to tell stories. They delight in memorizing their favorite books and “reading” them back to you. This is a great time to begin to encourage them to choose library books to bring home.
What's beginning with language at...
Preschoolers continue to develop the power of using language. They continue to form basic literacy concepts:
- Print is speech written down.
- Printed words in a book don’t change.
- Stories in books have a structure that conveys meaning
What works when reading...
Ask them simple questions about the story.
Visit the library and bookstore and choose books.
Go to story times.
Let the child:
- Sit close to you or on your lap.
- Tell you stories.
- Read them labels and signs wherever you go.
When young children are cared for by others, be sure books are a regular part of every day.
If your child is 3 years of age, check here for the GELDS expectations for communication, language and literacy development.
If your child is 4 years of age, check here for the GELDS expectations for communication, language and literacy development.
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