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   Learning starts at birth
Research shows that children learn the skills they need to read years before they start school.
There are 6 pre-reading skills that children must know in order to learn to read successfully.
These skills are as follows:
  • Print Awareness
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print Motivation
  • Vocabulary
  • Narrative Skills
  • Letter Knowledge

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read and write. Research shows that children who haven't experienced or explored these early literacy skills at a young age will have far more difficulty learning to read when they do enter school.

   Parents & Caregivers
Parents and caregivers play an important role in helping children get ready to read. Your children learn best by doing things and they love doing things with you! Early childhood is a magical time for learning and exploration, and there's so much for you and your young child to discover at the Perth and District Union Public Library.

   You are the key to your child's success in reading...
Read. Talk. Play.
There is a direct connection between reading aloud and later reading success. Ask your child questions as you read aloud, and talk about the pictures to involve your child in the story. Children who grow up in conversational homes - with parents who talk to them and encourage them to talk - have an edge over children who hear very little language. Have fun with word games and making up silly songs and rhymes. Children who play with sounds of words before they enter school are better prepared to learn to read.

Visit our Grownups page to find links to read-aloud websites, literacy resources, and more...! »

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