There are so many language skills children need to develop before they can succeed with reading. In the big picture, they need:
- A rich dictionary of words and practice speaking at least one language
- Ability to hear the individual sounds in language (Phonemic awareness)
- Understanding of the sounds each letter/key sound phonogram make (Letter-sound knowledge)
- Practice building words (segmenting)
The materials listed below answer all of these developmental needs.
- Our vocabulary and matching cards are used to help children build their vocabulary knowledge (internal dictionary).
- Our Fine Art Display Cards and Geography Cards give them context and broader understandings about the world; this background knowledge is a critical foundation for literacy.
- All of the materials can be used to help children develop their phonemic awareness (ability to hear the sounds in words).
- The sandpaper letters help them match the symbols of language with their sounds.
- The movable alphabets help them develop their segmenting ability (ability to link letters to build words).
You can read all the details in our blog post on Pre-Reading Activities.