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The following websites will help you learn more about early literacy, as well as find additional activities to do with your child.
On the Ages and Stages page, you can click on the age of your child and it will give you information on topics such as nutrition, sleep, and growth development, as well as how to nurture your child with literacy activities.
Get Ready to Read
The online or print screening tool will reveal your child’s progress toward mastering three core areas of early literacy—print knowledge, emergent writing, and linguistic awareness. There are also animated online games, activity cards, and checklists to create a “literacy friendly home or classroom.”
International Reading Association
The section on Parent Resources provides printable brochures such as Getting Your Child Ready to Read, and Supporting Your Beginning Reader.
National Center for Family Literacy
The Early Literacy House is filled with ideas of activities you can do with your child, in every room of your house.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Go to the Publications link, and select “literacy” as the keyword. Several publications will appear that are free to order, or download and print. These were done by the National Institute for Literacy and include, “A Child Becomes A Reader,” “Literacy Begins At Home: Teach Them to Read,” “Shining Stars: Toddlers Get Ready to Read,” and “Shining Stars: Preschoolers Get Ready to Read.”
Parents’ Action For Children
Formerly I Am Your Child, this organization was founded by Rob and Michele Reiner in an effort to inform parents about “the critical importance the prenatal period through the first early years plays in a child’s healthy brain development.”
Reach Out and Read
This website provides information from pediatricians about the importance of reading aloud, and includes excellent charts of Developmental Milestones in several different languages.
A free subscription will bring you access to videos and podcasts, booklists, tips on helping struggling readers, free reading guides, and topics from A to Z that offer help.
Reading Is Fundamental
Go to “Literacy Resources” and click on “Activities”, where you’ll find a printable monthly calendar with simple and inexpensive literacy-based activities between caregiver and child for each day. They also offer a multicultural booklist, and articles for parents about reading aloud.
Washington Learning Systems
Click on “Literacy Resources,” and you’ll find free, reproducible activities for infants and preschoolers, in Spanish and English. Each activity is followed by tips for success and ways to make it more challenging. You’ll also find “on-the-go” activities for parents to do in the car, or on a walk, and those are translated into Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, and Burmese.
Zero To Three
In the section “Behavior and Development” you will find the “Tips and Tools” about early language and literacy, including the Beginnings of Literacy, Learning to Write and Draw, Tips for Choosing Books, Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays in Spanish and English, and information about how children learn multiple languages.
Click on the following, and print out these simple flyers and charts that will help you help your child.
It Takes Just a Minute: Read With Your Child
Lea junto con su hijo
Converse con su hijo
Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
Metas del Desarrollo Temprano de la Lectura y Escritura
Reading Tips for Parents
Family Guide (bilingual in English and Spanish)