Early Reading Skills help children transition from picture books and reading scheme books to longer chapter books. Picture books tell a story; however, they are in a format that children can read and enjoy themselves. Six early literacy skills are print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, narrative skills, and phonological awareness.

The benefits of reading are a stronger brain, increases empathy, builds vocabulary, prevents cognitive decline, reduces stress, aids sleep, lessens depression, and lengthens life. Tips for reading are using songs to build hearing awareness, make simple cards at home, engage your child in a print-rich environment, play word games at home, and play with letter magnets.

To conclude, talk to a reading skills representative and find out about these skills and how they can help your child to read and understand written words. Learning to read is wonderful.