Early literacy is what a child knows about reading and writing before they can read and write. Children are eager learners.  Parents and caregivers, as their child’s first teachers, can use this excitement to help prepare their children to be ready to read and write. Early literacy skills are an inherent part of most children’s lives. Early literacy educators seek to identify these skills for parents and caregivers and demonstrate for them ways to enrich their children’s early education. There are five components of early literacy:

Phonological awareness (play with sounds):  the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Vocabulary (know words):  the names of things, feelings, concepts and ideas.

Background knowledge (know things): prior knowledge.


Print conventions (love books): how to handle a book, that print has meaning.


Letter knowledge (know letters): know that some letters can look differently (upper and lower case), and that letters have names and represent sounds.

These components can be explored and built on through a child’s everyday activities of talking, singing, playing, early writing and being read to. Chesapeake Early Literacy classes are designed to model these concepts for parents, caregivers and children and to present ways they can be expanded in a child’s life.

To discover our current early literacy classes, please visit our calendar of events.

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