Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z

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Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z

Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it’s delivered.

Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them. 

Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life.

A is for Alliteration

Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of a word. Think of tongue-twisters like “Peter Piper Picked a Pack of Pickled Peppers”.

Playing around with alliteration helps children better identify the sounds that letters make. Children will realize that words are made up of all different sounds and that some letters make the same sound “kite” & “cat.”

Sound recognition is an important pre-reading skill, encouraging children to listen closely to the sounds of certain letters when grouped together.

  1. With your child, think of words that begin with one particular letter. Try listing words or looking for objects that begin with the same first letter of as your child's first name. If your child’s name were Daniel, then Daniel would look for words like, “door, dice, drawer, or dresser.”

  2. With your child, come up with a silly phrase, all with words that start with the same letter. For example, the letter “b”, “big bears bother bees”. Encourage your child to add words to the phrase.

  3. Together, name animals using the same first letter of their word, such as Connie the Cow, Zoey the Zebra, Bart the Badger. You can do this on dozens of different types of animals, helping your child learn a valuable skill.

  4. Play a game of Which Word? Ask your child, “Which word begins with the same sound as s-s-s-snake? Does baby? Does sister?”

Books to Explore

Books are a great way to find and add alliterative phrases into your day. Rhyming books and books about the alphabet help reinforce the concept of alliteration. Point out the phrases to your child as you share the book. Ask them to repeat the alliterative phrase to reinforce the concept. 

Bear's Big BreakfastBootside Barker BitesTongue TwistersWalter Was Worried

B is for Bilingual Books

Literacy in one language can transfer to literacy in a second language, especially when both languages use the same writing system. Young children are capable of learning a second language just as they learned their first. Preschool age children have brains that are already wired to learn a new language through immersion (hearing it spoken around them) and interacting with speakers of that second language.

Bilingual picture books are a great introduction to new sounds and words. They can expand a child’s vocabulary as well as their cultural awareness of the world around them. Even if learning a new language isn’t your goal, exposure to new languages through spoken sounds is a way of celebrating the diversity of our world and understanding our differences and similarities with those around us.

Bilingual books:

  • Support bi-literacy in children growing up with two languages

  • Increase vocabulary in two languages

  • Can be read by different people in different languages

  • Foster multiculturalism through storytelling

  • Expose children to different traditions, expressions and values of the people in our community.

Books to Explore

Visit your nearest branch library to not only look for these bilingual books but also to join one of our bilingual storytimes. Visit our the bilingual storytime events page to find out more.

La Princesa and the peaFather and Son go FishingLa Madre GooseMarta! Big and Small

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