6 Pre-Literacy Skills:
Oral Language Development (Narrative): promoting conversation, learning new words and using them in every day situations.
Emergent Comprehension: using questions and activities to demonstrate an understanding of the book’s intent.
Phonological Awareness: the awareness of sounds around us, and playing with words and sounds.
Letter/Sound Knowledge: learning the difference between shapes, letters, numbers, and punctuation. Understanding the letters make sounds which then make words.
Emergent Writing: demonstrating writing for the child, and promote activities to build hand strength, control, and dexterity.
Print Concepts (Print Motivation and Print Awareness): the understanding that the spoken word can be written down, and has value. The basic understanding of how to handle a book properly and the make up of a
book (author, illustrator, title, front/back cover, pages, spine, where to begin and end reading on a page).
To see examples of how these skills can be presented in story time, visit my new story time links (still under construction).