PRE-K / AGES 3-5
PRACTICE FOUR LITERACY SKILLS BEFORE STARTING SCH0OL
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!
TEACH KIDS THE ABCs
TEACH THE SOUNDS LETTERS MAKE
TEACH KIDS TO WRITE THEIR NAME
READ TOGETHER EVERY DAY
MILESTONES FOR 3 YEAR OLDS
Can begin to recite favorite books by memory
MILESTONES FOR 4 YEAR OLDS
Enjoy both being read to and beginning to read to self
MILESTONES FOR 5 YEAR OLDS
Say alphabet and vowels (a/e/i/o/u)
Put together simple sentences
Practice inventive & phonetic spelling with unfamiliar words, (e.g. ”Kat” for “Cat” or “Curls” for “Colors”)
TRY THESE ACTIVITIES
SING THE ABC SONG
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.
START WITH THEIR OWN NAME
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.
GUESS MY LETTER
Tell your child a letter sound and have them guess the name of the letter that matches. “The letter I’m thinking of makes the “ssssss” sound. What letter is it?”
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.”
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