Seven Activities to Encourage Pre-Reading and Early Literacy in Kids

Topic of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Pre-reading?
  3. Activities to Encourage Pre-Reading and Early Literacy
  4. Conclusion


Long before they learn to comprehend basic words, young children''s reading skills begin to develop. Pre-reading exercises and early literacy ideas are simple to incorporate into your child''s playtime.

Your child''s mind is ready for learning from a very young age. They are learning new words and sounds, as well as putting words together to form phrases and figuring out how to communicate. They are monitoring and watching to observe how other people interact in their surroundings and then imitating or repeating those behaviors to determine whether they are effective for them.

This is an excellent time to engage your preschooler in pre-reading activities that will help them lay a firm foundation for literacy and reading as they develop.

At this age, the greatest method to engage and teach your kid more about pre-reading is to encourage them to learn via play. A kid''s life is full of playtime, and it is through play that they make connections, test theories, and learn.

Your kid will acquire a set of abilities known as pre-reading skills before she learns to read. These pre-reading abilities are indicators of early literacy. Though it may appear that your kid is simply playing, she is organizing her knowledge of books and language and how they interact to produce the magical talent known as ''reading.'' Working on pre-reading skills with your kid using easy, imaginative games and activities are exciting.


What is Pre-reading?


Before any kid can learn to read and spell properly, five pre-reading abilities must be learned to establish a solid foundation. Pre-reading abilities are critical because they prepare youngsters to decipher words independently and read with comprehension. They must be formed before teaching a youngster to read. They contribute significantly to a child''s school preparation and early literacy development.


Activities to Encourage Pre-Reading and Early Literacy

This blog contains several preschool reading activities which will help your kid establish a solid foundation for pre-reading.

1. Read daily to your kid.

Reading to your children regularly is the best method to introduce them to vocabulary, rhythm, fluency, and sequencing. Read books chosen by them as well as ones chosen by you. Read before bed, but also during other peaceful periods during the day. Visit the library to get additional books.

Pre-reading abilities: print awareness, vocabulary development, and print motivation 

2. Remake a Children''s Book


Buy a cheap second copy of your child''s favorite picture book and remove the pages from the binding. Ask your kid to retell the narrative from memory by arranging the pages in the correct sequence.

If you believe he is up to the task, you may even wish to remove the text from the images. Then test him to see whether he can match the words to the photos. He might not be able to understand the words, but if you''ve read the book together enough times, he might know the appearance of the words on each page.

Pre-reading Skills: Sequencing print motivation.

3. Examine Environmental Print

Environmental print refers to signs, logos, symbols, and phrases that youngsters see daily and recognize without being able to read. Few youngsters, for example, need to be able to read to know that the Golden Arches indicate the presence of a McDonald''s or that the red octagon on the street corner indicates a stop sign.

Allow your youngster to create her eco print book. Newspapers, magazines, safety scissors, glue, and a stack of blank paper stapled together should be available. She can cut out recognized logos and symbols, put one on each page of her book, and read it to you.

Pre-reading skill: Print awareness and starting letter awareness.

4. Experiment using Magnetic Letters

Purchase a few sets of magnetic letters and a cheap cookie sheet. Begin by teaching your kid the names of the letters and what they look like. As he becomes more at ease, you can progress to arranging the alphabet in order. He will eventually be able to sound out and spell simple words like ''cat'' or ''bat,'' as well as his name.

Pre-reading skill: Phonological awareness (knowing that words are made up of distinct sounds), letter knowledge, and spelling.

5. Create a Rhyming Box

This project is a fantastic way to spend some time in the miniatures section of your local craft store. Look for little objects that rhyme, such as a pan and a fan or a shell and a bell. Put approximately ten of them in a shoebox and shake them up. Open the box and have your youngster match the rhyming objects.

You may extend this exercise by providing an object that does not have a rhyming match and having your kid create a picture of something that does.

Pre-reading skill: Phonological awareness

6. Experiment with Sequencing


Though sequencing cards can be purchased, it is just as simple to print sets of them yourself. Each card has an image on it, and when the photos are arranged correctly, they form a narrative. You may buy sequencing cards to match with famous picture books or build your own set based on a tale your kid knows.

When your kid has finished sequencing the cards, ask him or her to tell you the narrative that corresponds with them. It might not always be what you expect, but it''s always entertaining to watch what your youngster comes up with.

Pre-Reading Skills: Sequencing, narrative abilities (the capacity to narrate a tale), and reading comprehension are all examples of pre-reading skills.

7. Tell Your Kids Stories About Pictures

Encourage your youngster to tell you tales about odd photos he or she comes across. It makes no difference if you use a family photograph or magazine advertising. Simply ask your child to identify the characters, what they are doing, and why they are doing it. Assure her that there is no correct answer: what you are building is a tale based on her imagination. You may also inspire her by sharing your tale.

Pre-Reading Abilities: Vocabulary and narrative abilities


Final Thoughts


Learning should be enjoyable, particularly for young children. Allow children to learn via play and encourage pre-reading skills with different activities. These wonderful, brief years will fly by, and your child will go off to school. Take advantage of the time you have with your child and have fun with him or her.

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