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PRE-K / AGES 3-5

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PRACTICE FOUR LITERACY SKILLS BEFORE STARTING SCH0OL

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Children must learn the names and sounds of the ABCs. Once they understand the connection between letters and sounds, they can begin to combine letters to form words. This is the very foundation of reading! 

TRY THESE ACTIVITIES

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Sing the alphabet song together each morning when you’re getting your child dressed. Then have them sing it while pointing at each letter of the alphabet. Play rhyming games, listen to rhyming songs, sing rhyming songs in your home language. Rhyming is an important pre-literacy skill.  

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The most meaningful letters to your child are the ones they see in their own name. Write their name everywhere you can, such as on their drink cups and backpacks, or put the letters of their name on the wall of their bedroom. It’s important for them to see the letters of their name written often.

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Stretch your child’s vocabulary by expanding on what they say. Then add a comment or idea onto what your child say. Repeat what your child says, then add a little more description to extend type of words your child is exposed to.

For example: If your child says, “Look at my hands, Dad!”

You say: “I see you have purple jelly on of your fingers." (Clarify and expand) "Wow, that looks sticky! (Extend)”

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POINT OUT THE LETTERS

 Point to individual letters you see on cereal boxes, signs at the store or while driving and ask them to tell you what they are. Then describe the letter shape: “That’s the letter ‘p’, it has a big line and a little curve.”

PLAY WITH SOUNDS 

If you can sing a song or rhyme a word, you can build your child’s phonological awareness, an important pre reading skill. Children who have phonological awareness can tell you the sounds they hear in words, separate the sounds and change out sounds to make new words.

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PBS KIDS
PAINT BY LETTER

Captions and Languages

To watch videos with subtitles: Click the settings icon in the lower righthand corner, next click “subtitles,” and then “English.”

To see subtitles in another language, after selecting English, next click “auto-translate” and then select the language of your choice.

OAKLAND RESOURCES

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OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Find a storytime at your local library branch.

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TANDEM PARTNERS IN EARLY LEARNING

A Bay Area nonprofit working at the intersection of social justice and early childhood education. Explore Tandem’s growing collection of virtual storytime videos by category. Interactive videos feature high-quality children’s books, and each video focuses on developing specific early learning skills based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations.

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LOTUS BLOOM

Free family play groups for children ages 0-5 at several locations across Oakland.

MILESTONES FOR 3 YEAR OLDS

Enjoy both being read to and looking at books

Pretend to read pictures, books, rhymes; point out some letters

Start to break up words into syllables (for example, clapping syllables)

Start to recognise/produce rhymes

Can begin to recite favorite books by memory

Practice emergent writing by scribbling or forming letters. It takes lots of practice, and it's ok if their letters look like scribbles at first. 

3-5 milestones

MILESTONES FOR 4 YEAR OLDS

Enjoy both being read to and beginning to read to self or looking at the pictures and telling the story.

State first and last name and identify name in print

Identify some upper and lower case letters including letters in their name

Point out and say some letter names and sounds in print

Start to recognize words with the same initial sound or the same ending sound

MILESTONES FOR 5 YEAR OLDS

Understands that written words are connected to sound

Identify at least 10 letters of the alphabet

Write first and last name and familiar words

Say alphabet and vowels (a/e/i/o/u)

Start segmenting a word out into its individual sounds

Practice inventive & phonetic spelling with unfamiliar words, (e.g. ”Kat” for “Cat” or “Curls” for “Colors”)

0-2 Year Old Milestones

Kindergarten Milestones

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