Essential Pre-Reading Skills

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.

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Ideas for you:




  • 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.)

Alphabet Tub Letters (Baby and Co. has something similar to this)
Sing, Spell, Read, and Write for Preschool (We used the K/1 Level Combo Kit without using the books for our toddlers)


Wood Alphabet Blocks (There's a smaller version available at National Bookstore)
Alphabet Stamp Set
Wall Stickers -- Alphabet
Letter Peg Puzzle

Some books and stories my kids have enjoyed (available at Fully Booked or Amazon):

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