Children learn many important things during the early literacy phase
Learn how our language works and use it to tell stories, share ideas and ask questions
Learn how to handle and use books as well as learning about different types of books like stories, fact books, poetry, cookbooks, etc.
Begin to write through drawing and scribbling
Play with the sounds of language through songs, rhymes and tongue twisters
Build their knowledge of the world around them
Understand letter-sound connections
Develop a love of literacy (reading and writing)
Getting Ready To Read
Babies are born able to process language. In the early years, they become increasingly aware of the language we use and start to use it themselves. Reading, talking and singing with them helps to build their understanding of the language they’ll come to use themselves. Reading in particular helps them understand how text works and positions them to increase their language and literacy skills throughout their lives. This early phase, before children are conventional readers is called the Early Literacy Phase.