Early literacy is everything your child knows about reading and writing BEFORE they can actually read and write. Children begin to develop literacy at birth. Whether it is chewing on a board book, manipulating their shape sorter, or demanding the SAME story to be read every night over and over again, all play a vital part in the development of a successful reader.

Librarians at Greenwood Public Library have been trained in the national literacy initiative of the American Library Association: Every Child Ready To Read @your library. Our storytimes support the five simple activities you can do with your children to help them get ready to:

1) Talking:  As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean.
2) Singing:  Singing helps children learn about language and hear the different sounds that make up words.
3) Reading: This is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Reading together increases vocabulary and general knowledge. It helps children learn how print looks and how books work. Shared reading also helps children develop an interest in reading.
4) Writing: Reading and writing go together. Both represent spoken language and communicate information.
5) Playing: Children learn a lot about language through play. Play helps children think symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words.

Great Websites

A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool

Grow Up Reading @ The West Bloomfield Township Library

Families and Literacy

Zero to Three's Baby Brain Map