Monday, March 9, 2009


Toddler on the road to literacy
This post has been modified in June 2015 with new graphics and resource section. At the time of initial publication, my daughter was 2 years old. She was reading fluently at 3 years old and a very enthusiastic and engaged reader now.

Do you ask yourself how you help your toddler get ready to read during the ages of 2 and 3? There are some good tips from the National Institute of Literacy.

  • I read to my child every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.

  • I encourage my child to bring his favorite books to me, so we can read them together.

  • I point to pictures and name them out loud, and I encourage my child to point to pictures while we read.

  • I watch to see if my child sometimes makes eye contact with me when I read aloud. This tells me whether she is playing attention to me and the story.

  • I talk with my child throughout the day about things we are doing and things that are happening around us.

  • I try to be patient when my child wants to read the same book over and over again.

  • I encourage my child to "play" with books - pick them up, flip them from front to back, and turn the pages.

  • Sometimes I listen when my child pretends to "read" a book - he holds the book, goes from page to page, and says words, even though they are not the words on the page.

  • I give my child crayon and paper, so she can scribble, make pictures, and pretend to write.

Your Turn

Checklist with things to do to encourage literacy
How do you encourage literacy in your toddlers and young preschoolers?

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