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NHC Ready to Read

Information for parents, teachers, and caregivers on ways to help the young children of New Hanover County get ready for success in reading, school, and life.

NHCPL is Ready to Read

Public Libraries play a critical role in ensuring the children of North Carolina begin school ready to read. New Hanover County is committed to supporting the educational and reading needs of all our children.


Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

5 Practices & Resources

Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.
The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
 
 
To get started on the literacy practice of talking, try any of the following activities with your child:

Singing — which also includes rhyming — increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words.  This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
 
 
To get started on the literacy practice of singing, try any of the following activities with your child:

Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
 
 
To get started on the literacy practice of reading, try any of the following activities with your child:

Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
 
 
To get started on the literacy practice of writing, try any of the following activities with your child:

Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world.
 

 
To get started on the literacy practice of playing, try any of the following activities with your child:

These five practices can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn the essential early literacy skills.

 

  • Oral language, which includes listening, speaking, and communications skills, is the foundation of early literacy and reading.
  • Print Awareness helps children feel comfortable with books so that when they learn to read, they can concentrate on reading itself. Children learn that print has meaning and is all around us. They learn how to handle a book and that in English we read from left to right and top to bottom of page.
     
  • Letter Knowledge includes knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing that the same letter can look different, and knowing that letters have names and represent sounds. This knowledge helps children as they decode words when they are learning to read. Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. This helps with sounding out words.
     
  • Vocabulary is knowing the meanings of words: things, feelings, concepts, ideas. Vocabulary helps children decode words and to understand what they will read.
     
  • Narrative Skills allow the child to describe things and events. Being familiar with how stories work helps beginning readers understand what they are reading. Print Motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. Enjoying stories and language makes a child more eager to learn to read independently.
     
 
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.
The text on this page was adapted from handouts at ECRR2.wordpress.com and earlylit.net.

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