Early Literacy Kits
Our early literacy kits were designed to help your child develop the specific skills necessary to learn how to read. There are kits for children ages 0-2 years and 2+ years.
Ready to Read (2+ years)
These kits are aimed at developing six early literacy skills for children from two years old and up. Each kit is designed to stimulate one specific skill. There are four kits available for each early literacy skill. Kits contain three different picture books and a pamphlet with suggestions for activities and supplementary information.
The six pre-reading skills are:
Phonological Awareness: Being able to recognize and play with the smaller sounds in words. *Tip – Sing songs and read books with rhyming words. (Visit our Storytime page for the songs and chants we use in Storytime activities for different ages.)Supplementary craft idea for Kit 1, Kit 2, Kit 3, and Kit 4.
Print Awareness: Understanding that print has meaning and recognizing print everywhere, not just in books.*Tip – Touch the words as you speak them.Supplementary craft idea for Kit 5, Kit 6, Kit 7, and Kit 8.
Narrative Skills: being able to describe things and events, and tell stories.*Tip – Talk to your baby about what you’re doing.Supplementary craft idea for Kit 9, Kit 10, Kit 11, and Kit 12.
Letter Knowledge: recognizing that letters look different and learning their names and sounds. *Tip – Practice recognizing shapes. Supplementary craft idea for Kit 13, Kit 14, Kit 15, and Kit 16.
Print Motivation: learning to be interested in and enjoy books.*Tip – Start reading to your child early. Supplementary craft idea for Kit 17, Kit 18, Kit 19, and Kit 20.
Vocabulary: learning the names of things.*Tip – Identify everyday objects to your child.Supplementary craft idea for Kit 21, Kit 22, Kit 23, and Kit 24.
Click here for more books that emphasize these skills.
Born to Read (0 - 2 years)
*These kits will be available in early 2012.*
These kits are aimed at developing literacy skills for children from birth to two years old. Each kit is designed around a subject theme. There are twenty-three different subjects:
Things that Go
Each kit contains three board books, a music CD, some activity suggestions, and a toy that are related to the subject.