FACTS & TERMS
DID YOU KNOW...
...little ones that don’t learn to rhyme before age 4 are more likely to struggle with reading down the road?
...pre-reading skills taught before age 5 make the biggest long-term impact?
...more than 60% of 4th graders in the U.S. are reading below grade level?
LET'S DO THIS!
...learning to read starts at birth?
PRINT & BOOK AWARENESS
understand the purpose of print; books are held right-side up, read left-to-right; front cover, back cover; etc.
know letter names, shapes, and sounds
can 'play' with words, word parts, syllables, onsets, & rimes (hint: syllables with the same rime rhyme)
aware of the individual phonemes in the spoken language; the ability to manipulate sounds; falls under the phonological awareness umbrella
HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS
words that frequently appear in print, includes sight words (words that should be memorized by sight)