Supporting Language and Literacy Development

July 21, 2018

Communication, language, and literacy skills are essential for success in school and in life. But did you know that the first three years of life are the
most critical when it comes to language development?

Babies’ brains build the foundation of language through rich interactions with caregivers who talk, read, and sing to them. By 6 months of age, most babies
recognize the basic sounds of their native language. And by 1 year, babies begin to imitate speech sounds they hear and can understand words for common

Children who have consistent interactions with caring adults tend to develop larger vocabularies, helping them to learn to read and supports later success
in school. So how can you help your child develop language and literacy skills? Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Read together every day
  • Sing songs
  • Recite nursery rhymes
  • Take turns telling stories
  • Put on a puppet show
  • Make your own books about your family