Encouraging early literacy


by Stephanie Brown

Did you know that children begin their path to literacy as soon as they hear a human voice?

It’s essential that families promote a love of reading, writing and effective communication in the environment where a child learns first: her home. In fact, new research from Vanderbilt University shows that early support for literacy in the home, especially in combination with support from preschool teachers, can predict fourth-grade reading comprehension and word recognition.

Why is this important?

  • Students who are above grade level for reading in grade 3 graduate and enroll in college at higher rates than students who are at or below grade level says a report to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Parents as Teachers shows you how to help encourage early literacy skills here

 
Stephanie Brown is a graduate of Maryville University and an intern at Parents as Teachers.
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