Learning to read and write doesn’t start in kindergarten or first grade. Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Parents, grandparents, and teachers play an especially important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners.
(birth through 12 months)
Babies learn to become good communicators when their caregivers respond to their sounds and actions. They learn to love books and reading when their caregivers read to them often.
(1 year to 3 years old)
Toddlers learn language when you talk to them and they communicate back to you, and by hearing stories read and songs sung aloud.
(3 years to 4 years old)
The job of a preschooler is to learn to communicate, and this is no easy task. Preschoolers develop their ability to comprehend, tell stories, and become more skilled conversationalists during play.