Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write.


    By Mem Fox

    1.  Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.  From Birth!

    2.  Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three tiems. Children need to hear a thousand storied before they can learn to read.  Or the same story  a thousand times!

    3.  Read aloud with animation.  Listen to your own voice and don't be dull, or flat. or boring.  Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot!

    4.  Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.

    5.  Read the stories that yoru child loves, over and over, and over again, and alwasy read the the same "tune" for each book: ie. with the same intonations and volume and speed, on each page, each time.

    6.  Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, of anything else connected to the book; or sing any old sone that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or bein noisy together doing clapping games.

    7.  Look for rhyme, thythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.

    8.  Play games with the things that you and the child can see ont he pge, such as lettin gkids finis rhymes and finding the letters that start the childs name and yours, remembering that it's never work, it's always a fabulous game.

    9.  Never teach reading or get tense around books.

    10. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child not because it's the right thing to do.