Learning to communicate is a basic skill all children learn from the moment they are born. Communication skills turn into literacy skills (learning to read and write) as children grow.
You may think that your chid is too young to start reading, and maybe you’re right that your child is too young to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and dive right in, but there are many ways in which you can enrich your child’s life now and build in early literacy skills into everyday experiences.
Children take their first steps toward learning to read and write early in life. Children who have not formed a foundation of literacy skills before entering kindergarten are at risk for later reading difficulties. During a child’s earliest years, adults play a critical role, building upon the child’s interests as he learns language, concepts, and explores print or braille.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has just released a brand new edition of the On the Way to Literacy handbook. This book gives teachers and parents information about how literacy develops for a child with a visual impairment. It also suggests ways to use everyday events to support a child’s active learning as he forms a foundation for literacy and bridges into reading.