Monday, April 6, 2009

How the Six Early Literacy Skills Contribute to Skilled Reading

"The science is clear: children need responsive care and attention during their earliest weeks, months, and years to build cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary for healthy growth and development." -

What is a "Skilled Reader"?

The two primary aspect of learning to read are:
  • Decoding: putting together letters and sounds to make a word. For example, the letters and sounds /c/ /a/ /t/ make the word "cat."
  • Comprehension: understanding the meanings of the works and the meaning of the story.

How do the Six Early Literacy Skills contribute to the concept of a "Skilled Reader"?

Foundation for Skilled Reading

  • Print Motivation

Contributes to Decoding:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge

Builds Reading Comprehension:

  • Vocabulary
  • Narrative Skills

"In Colorado, in a 2001 Educare Survey of Kindergarten and First Grade teachers, it was found that teachers believed four out of 10 children (40%) entering the classroom were not prepared to learn." - Colorado Department of Education

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