Children gain much of their understanding of language, reading and writing long before they enter kindergarten.
It’s true … early language and literacy development begins in the first three years of life. This is a very important time for brain development. Early literacy skills develop through social activities and real-life interactions that help children build skills.
Literacy doesn’t just refer to one’s ability to read and write. In fact, it means much more. The power of literacy lies in a person’s ability to use words to understand and interact with the world around them.
Early language and literacy skills are closely linked to a child’s experiences with books, stories, language and talking.
There are many ways you can help your children improve their literacy skills. These include exposing them to books, reading with them, singing with them and reciting nursery rhymes. To help your child be ready for learning and ready for life, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County has pulled together a library of free resources for your use.
Use the 3T’s – Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns
During the first three years of life, billions and billions of brain connections are made. There’s no other time in life when brain growth is so rapid. What’s driving these connections? Rich early experiences with loving, responsive caregivers.
Talk and interaction are food for the developing brain.
Research has found that how and how much a parent talks and interacts with their child from birth has a big impact on the child’s success in school and life. How can a parent make the most of their talk and interaction? Use the 3Ts!
The 3Ts: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns
Tune In means be in the moment with your child.
Talk More means use a wide variety of words.
Take Turns means engage your child in conversation.
When a parent uses all 3Ts at once, they build the strongest brain possible for their child.