The view on Early Literacy has changed drastically in the past decade. Research shows, that pre- writing and pre- reading activities can be incorporated into a preschoolers life quite early and he will benefit from it lifelong. The first three years of life are most important and the experience that one makes in these young years with books, storytelling, paper and crayons sets the basis for lifelong language development and reading and writing.
However, the goal of each end every early literacy activity should be to give the child the chance to naturally unfold his skills and enjoy books, stories, language, conversing, rhymes, finger games, songs, puppet shows, role play, scribbling, and many more language based activities. It does not mean to make young children learn how to read and write like adults. The importance is to offer activities that are developmentally appropriate.
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