What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn tips for introducing an awareness of the printed word.
Print awareness is the understanding that words have meaning. The big red STOP sign at the end of your street is probably one of the first environmental signs you will explain to your child. “See Tommy, that says stop. It’s very important that you stop at the corner and don’t go out in the street. Show me how you stop. Great!” That is print awareness. And the more experience your child has with print awareness between the ages of 0-5, the more successful they will be when learning to read.
Reading to your child is one way to help your child with print awareness, but there are many other ways that you can seamlessly incorporate this type of learning into your day. When your child eagerly points to his favorite cereal in the grocery store, take a moment to stop and pick up the box. “You’re right, Max! These are 'Crispy Crunchies’. Run your finger under the words as you say them. “How do you spell Crispy Crunchies? Let’s see C-R-I ….” You get the idea. Filled with overwhelming pride at your acknowledging their genius, they might not even throw a fit when you put the box back on the shelf. Okay, they might, but the fit was probably coming even if you rolled right by the desired delicacy.
At home your efforts to attach meaning to written words will be enhanced by labeling everything. Print out words and attach them to items all over the house: Chair. Dishwasher. Lamp. Pets might be difficult to label, but you see where we are going. Don't worry about the clash with your décor - the labels will come down someday, but your child’s love of words and reading will only skyrocket.
Visit our High Five page for more information about Early Literacy.