Checklist for your toddler:
- Vocabulary – Knowing the name of things.
- Print Awareness – Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the words on a page. (left to right)
- Letter Knowledge: Knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds and recognizing letters everywhere.
- Phonological Awareness: Being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.
- Print Motivation: Being interested in and enjoying books.
- Narrative Skills: Being able to describe things and events and tell stories.
Ideas for you:
- Sing, Spell, Read, and Write – Alphabet Song
- Stringing alphabet letters
- Distinguishing letter sounds
- Letter cookie cutters and playdough
- Letter stamps to spell name
Examples of materials that encourage pre-reading skills in our home: (Most of these images are linked. Just click on the image.)
Some books and stories my kids have enjoyed (available at Fully Booked or Amazon):
- The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes
- Goodnight Moon
- Children’s Bible Stories
- Make Way for Ducklings
- The First Book of Fairy Tales
- The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury
- Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics
- Mike Mulligan and More
- The Children’s Book of Virtues
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
- Letter sounds (from kidzone.ws)
- Starfall – a sequential, interactive reading program that begins with phonics and it’s free!
- Letter of the Week – a free curriculum for ages 0 to 7