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I love a list and if you’re like me, a FREE list is even better! Well, lucky you because I have created the ultimate Early Literacy Milestones list. It contains specific early literacy milestones in sequential order, along with how to introduce and practice each. Enjoy!!
A pre-reader is typically between the ages of 0 to 4. In this stage, children learn to experiment and play with language. A few essential pre-reading skills are rhyming, breaking words into parts, and learning to hear beginning and ending sounds in words. These skills do not involve print. This is called Phonological Awareness. Books, songs, rhymes, conversations, and exploring our environment are all very important during this stage.
Get the Tools to Help Your Pre-Reader!
Language play is important at this stage. Here you’ll find some of my favorite hands-on toys and games that help your pre-reader practice these skills.
For Emerging Readers
An emerging reader is typically between the ages of 3 to 5. In this stage, children learn to break words into individual sounds and blend individual sounds to make words, also known as phonemic awareness. This is also the stage where children begin working with the alphabet (letter names and some sounds).
Get the tools to help your Emerging Reader!
Research tells us that learning occurs through repeated reinforcement, which is why we as parents play such an important role…encouraging learning daily through fun, engaging play. I am a firm believer in learning through play and have hand selected some of my favorite tools to help practice these essential emerging reader skills.
For Developing Readers
A developing reader is typically between the ages of 4 to 6. In this stage, children work towards mastering the alphabet and begin to read and spell words. Alphabet mastery is essential in reading development as it ensures children know each letter’s shape, name, sound, and form. Though not able to read books fluently, developing readers begin understanding how sounds and letters work together, which is how independent reading begins.
Get the tools to help your Developing Reader!
Developing readers benefit from resources that help promote automaticity with letters and words. Check out these hand selected resources to help support your developing reader at home.
Meet Tavia Young
Early Literacy Mentor
Hi! I’m Tavia. I am a wife, a mom of two girls, and an early childhood educator. I’ve been teaching children to read for over 20 years and unfortunately am able to see firsthand the growing number of children struggling to read proficiently.
Whether you’re a proactive parent wanting to ensure your child has essential pre-literacy skills or a parent feeling discouraged by your child’s reading weaknesses, I am here to help. With specifically designed tools for every stage of reading development, I am here to work alongside you as you navigate your child’s literacy journey.