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How to Strengthen Your Child’s Literacy Skills During Storytime

Letter Knowledge - What Is That? And What Does It Have to Do With Literacy Skills?

Does your child point to shapes or pictures in the book during storytime? That’s fantastic! Pointing to shapes or repetitive images (like a drawing of a tree that's on multiple pages throughout the book) is a great indicator that your child’s brain is gearing up to learn more about letter knowledge.

Letter knowledge is when your child understands that the same letter can look different (capital vs. lowercase letters), that letters have their own names (A, B, C, etc.) and that they represent sounds. Letter knowledge is an important part of early childhood literacy. Providing your child with a strong foundation in early literacy sets them up for lifelong success.

Here are some easy ways to strengthen your child’s letter knowledge during storytime:

  • Read alphabet books. As your child becomes more familiar with the book after many readings, start reading it in a different order. For instance, open it up to a random letter like “M”, then flip over to “B” and then to “Y”. This can help your child understand that letters hold their own individual meanings, instead of letters from A to Z that are always the same.
  • Point to shapes in books as you read. This helps your child's brain learn to recognize shapes and understand that they hold meaning. This is an excellent way to prepare your child’s brain for transferring that understanding from shapes like circles and triangles to the shapes that letters make, like “O” and “A”.
  • Point to two pictures of the same thing (like a tree or a character) and say how they are alike and how they are different. This helps prepare your child’s brain to understand that “G” and “g” are the same letter. After you have done this several times, point to two things (like a sunny sky on one page and a cloudy sky on another page) and ask your child how they are alike and how they are different. Encourage them and help them along as necessary.
A smiling mother holds a Craftie and a happy daughter in her lap as the daughter points to pages in the book.
In photo: The Adventures of Craftie Fox read-along audiobook and Craftie Fox Craftie
Praise your child and make storytimes (and the skills you help them learn) fun and enjoyable experiences! This will help your child develop strong lifelong literacy skills.

Storypod can support your child’s letter knowledge and early literacy skill development in the following ways:

Storytimes are one of the best ways to improve a child’s literacy skills. When children are frequently and routinely read to, they have higher retention rates for their literacy skills. All of Storypod’s read-along audiobooks pair the act of reading with audio for a more complete literary experience for your child. Princess teaches kids about the use of sign language and even teaches a few signs like "food", showing kids there are many ways to express language.

Storypod’s Early Reading Bundle (set of 2 books for 3-5 year olds) encourages your early readers by making storytime a special part of their day. As children listen to stories on their Storypod speaker, they can follow along in their own books. This provides children with excellent exposure to letter knowledge, especially with the context of storytelling.

Our Ultimate Reading Bundle (best for 5+ years) goes even further, providing 8 read-along audiobooks that are brimming with adventure, compassion, and sight words! Sure to catch your child’s interest, these stories are designed to nurture their growing literacy skills.

References

  1. Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant, The Five Practices And The Early Literacy Components Support Each Other