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General Literacy Tips
A G r e a t P l a c e t o S t a r t !
who learn to love books will be children who grow up to be good
The very best time for children to learn to love books is while they
young. You can help them by making story times a regular part of
their day and by encouraging them in their early attempts to speak,
Children who look at books and hear stories read aloud learn that words and ideas can be written down and that marks on paper have meaning.
Show children that there are things to read everywhere. Make a game of finding things with words on them (like soup cans and cereal boxes). This helps children to see how important it is to be able to read and write.
Keep a supply of books and other reading materials where children can reach them. Add new books as children's skills and interests change.
Keep writing materials such as washable nontoxic crayons and markers, paints and brushes, and different kinds of paper where children can reach them - and use them.
Show children how you read and write every day to have fun and to get things done.
Create one or more special places for children to read and write that are well lit and comfortable.
Limit or eliminate TV viewing. Help children make other choices for their free time activities (e.g., reading, writing, playing, talking).
Encourage children to experience and discover new things. The more opportunities children have to see and do, the more competent they will become and the more they will understand the world around them.