"Early Literacy" is a bit of a misnomer as it encompasses several essential skills for reaching childhood milestones.
As a caregiver, you are one of the first teachers your child will benefit from. Ottawa Library is here to help you and your pre-reader with resources. You are always welcome to join us for storytimes to meet other parents and children, ask for book suggestions, and build literacy skills.
Every Child Ready To Read is an initiative of the American Library Association and the Association of Library Service to Children to make building early literacy skills practical for families
By doing these 5 activities, you help build the pre-reading skills your child will need to become a successful reader.
Build you child's vocabulary by talking with them. Studies have linked the number of words a child hears to improved success throughout school and beyond. It does not have to be anything deep or complicated. Try talking about the tasks you are doing or things you see and hear.
Singing can be a fun way to help children break down the structure of words. Sing to your child while changing their diaper, driving, or just hanging out.
Reading with your child not only helps build their vocabulary, but instills a love of books!
Scribbling and manipulating sensory materials is a great way to build the fine motor skills needed for writing.
Playing encourages kids to be creative and explore their world.
Six Skills by Six Years (6x6 Kits)
6 x 6: Six Skills by Six Years kits contain books and resources for implementing the 6 x 6 ready-to-read program which emphasizes early literacy skills. Funding was provided by the Kansas State Library and the kits are designed for pre-school and daycare use with children, ages birth to 6.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Ottawa Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child from birth to the start of Kindergarten can participate. Any reading counts! If you read a book several times, count it! If you listen to a book during storytime, count it! Every book counts! Earn prizes at every 100 books.