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Early Literacy - Toddlers

Toddlers love to talk and play and they are very busy developing important language skills by age three. Take advantage of this window of opportunity by encouraging your toddler’s word skills through talking, singing, reciting rhymes, playing games, sharing books, and listening to music together.

Play Let your child “read” a book, which might mean playing with it or showing it to her toys. Like babies, continuing to explore books is a first step to pre-reading.
Talk Getting ready for bed is a wonderful time for conversation – talk about all the things she did during her day, who she saw, and what she will do tomorrow.
Sing Turn daily tasks into meaningful experiences with songs and rhymes. Sing “The Wheels on the Bus” with your child while driving to the store or reciting “Peas Porridge Hot” while cooking dinner.
Read When reading with your child, ask questions about the story and wait for a response. Nurture her interest in books by reading her favorites again and again; you could even ask her to "read" them to you.

Research shows that if you surround your toddler with enjoyable experiences with books and language, she will be better prepared for kindergarten and reading.


It’s never too early or too late to start sharing books, rhymes, and songs with your toddler!