It does not take wealth or the brains of a rocket scientist to engage children in the essential early literacy skills. It may not be as much "fun" as clubbing, chill'n, or watching Jerry Springer, but at least parents should be making an effort to put their own children in the position for a better future in school. A box of crayons, paper and a library card are all the materials needed.
Poverty is no excuse! Wealth is not necessary to make the right choices to get children prepared for school. The best schools and the best teachers are already hard pressed trying to get other people's children caught up. Don't count on your child to be the main focus of an already over burdened public school system..
The American Library Association has identified these six key skills that will prepare children to become readers when they enter school:
The Early Literacy Skills are:
- Print Motivation. Being excited about and interested in books.
- Phonological Awareness. Playing with the sounds in words.
- Narrative Skills. Telling stories and describing things.
- Enriched Vocabulary. Knowing the specific names of things.
- Print Awareness. Noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book, and following words on a page.
- Letter Knowledge. Knowing the difference between how letters look, their names, and their sounds.