Gather ’round, ya’ll, it’s time for the next installment in our series of posts about the six early literacy skills: print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.
Letter knowledge is understanding that letters are different from one another, and that they have different names and sounds. Older kids can work on this skill by reading fun alphabet books, picking out favorite letters on signs, or playing a game to see how many words they can think of that start with the same sound/letter. You can work on early literacy skills anywhere and anytime with a little creativity!
Babies start developing letter knowledge by learning about shapes. Think of it this way — the only difference between a lower case “n” and a lower case “h” is the height of the stem. If your child is used to looking at shapes and can differentiate one from another, it’ll be much easier for them to pick out different letter shapes when the time comes.