Before we look at each age and stage, let's start with some important information on literacy development.  Here's abig one....children's literacy development begins at birth -  not in preschool  or in Kindergarten! Don't believe me? Check out​ this video from 'Zero to Three'.

Another key point?  We often think of literacy as just reading and writing, but really literacy is reading, writing,  speaking, and listening.  Check out this video...


The most. important thing you can do is read to your child at home!  According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently. Children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age (American Academy of Pediatrics).


Research shows that specific areas of the brain are affected when young children have reading exposure at home from an early age. These areas are critical for a child’s language development.

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