Literacy at Home

The main thing to remember is that all children can gain knowledge and skills to develop literacy.
People have to set aside their preconceived notions of what children can or cannot accomplish based on their intellectual capacity. You need to presume competence. Your child can learn, so believe and teach as if your child can.


Tips and hints


  • Children don't always interact with text conventionally. If your child shows interest in books, magazines, print, it's a starting point. 

  • Provide opportunities for your child to interact with text or print. For example, point out images or print on food items, store signs, street signs, any household items.

  • Read to your child. Yes, you might have to read the same book many, many, many, many times. That's OK.


  • Encourage your child to share their opinion about something they saw or heard. All children should have the opportunity to meaningful, generative, and socially-based forms of literacy. All children can respond, everybody. A smile, a slight movement, a sudden sound or movement can all be a response to a movie, a story, a joke, a conversation, a video game, an argument too.

  • Don't wait until your child can read words or even identify letters to be able to take part in storytime activities. A lot of skills can be gained by you reading to them a story, an article, a recipe.

  • Above all, talk, share and read to your child.

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