How to Develop Early Literacy Skills at Home

Directions: Say “point to” …

  • A letter that you know
  • A word you know
  • The letter your first name (family) begins with
  • A letter in your name
  • Your favorite letter
  • The letter your friend’s name begins with
  • The letter ______
  • The letter with the sound ______
  • The letter before ______
  • The letter after ______
  • The letter between ______ and______
  • A lowercase letter______
  • A capital letter______
  • a little word
  • A medium sized word
  • A big word
  • A word with one (two, three, etc.) letter (s)
  • A word that begins with ______
  • A word that ends in ______
  • A word with one, (two, three, etc.) syllable (s)
  • Word ______
  • A word that means roughly the same as ______
  • A word which is the opposite of ______
  • A word that rhymes with______
  • A compound word
  • A word of color
  • A word of action
  • The name of a person, place or thing
  • A word with the ending (ly, ed, etc.)
  • The first word of the page we are going to read
  • The last word of the page we are going to read


Create labels using 3 x 5 index cards or sticky notes to label items in your home such as door, chair, window, lamp, plant, drawer, etc., and stick or display at eye level for young learners. (My 2 year old learned to read at a very young age when I did this).

Word work

Use magnetic letters on the refrigerator, table, or on a magnetic board. Kids love to move magnetic letters around to form words. Scramble the letters of words they know and ask them to put them together as fast as they can.

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Reading tip

Finally, run your finger from left to right under the words as you read books together. This allows your child to see the sequence of letters through the words as they hear them. Make the most of your time with your young reader.

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Anne Burns is a retired reading specialist and a qualified Reading Recovery teacher.


With the arrival of the new school year, many districts in the region have started the year remotely or are dividing the time between the classroom and home.

To help connect students, parents and teachers with additional resources, every day in LIFE we will be providing an educational lesson from our partners at News In Education.

We also invite teachers or educational community groups across the region to share ideas for fun home education classes or activities for K-12 students, as well as tips and tricks for learning success. at home, in particular getting organized, creating routines, setting up effective learning. workspaces, as well as fun ideas for exercise breaks, arts and crafts projects, nature games, science experiments that you can do safely at home, ideas for nutritious breakfast and snacks and more.

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Dwight E. Schulz