The preschool years are the time during which your child’s literacy foundation is laid. While most children will display typical development, some show signs of struggle learning even early on. The most recent research emphasizes the importance of early intervention over the “wait-and-see” philosophy. It is much easier to support children at this age than to have to play catch-up later!
- Research has demonstrated a correlation between children’s nursery rhyme ability and their phonological- and print-related skills, including emergent reading. Yet many children do not have experiences with nursery rhymes or fractured fairy tales (where you put an alternative spin on a traditional tale). Support your child’s literacy development by reading and acting out nursery rhymes. You can also take advantage of these online, interactive nursery rhyme read-alouds: http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/Foundation/nurseryrhymes/default.htm or http://www.dadazi.net/Home/ebkrym.html.
Phonological awareness is the cornerstone of literacy development in this age group. If your child is struggling learning and manipulating sounds, try some of these fun games!
- Clifford Sound Match: http://www.scholastic.com//clifford/read/roadtoreading/soundmatch/game4_flash.htm
- Quiet Machine: http://pbskids.org/lions/games/
- Initial-Sound Matching Game: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-initial-sound-game-1.html
- Initial Sounds:
- Vowel work (beginning, short, and long):
- Word Family Reading:
Phonemic Segmentation (for older preschoolers):
- Deep Sea Phonics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/popup.shtml
- Three-letter word reading: http://www.ictgames.com/machine.html