Before children can learn to read, they must develop a range of early literacy skills. Learning these skills, which begins at birth, has a long- term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success. Children who enter school with well-developed early literacy skills have an advantage; they are ready to learn to read (Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd Edition).

Activities to do at home

Note: Sing to your child the songs you know and love. You don’t need a perfect voice, just some enthusiasm.

  • Move to the music
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes
  • Fill a plastic bottle with cereal or use a pie-tin and wooden spoon as percussion instruments


Find more resources from our catalog.

  • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont (E Beaumont)
  • One, Two Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort (E Hort)
  • The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera (E Cabrera)
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly   by Simms Taback (BDBK Taback)
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Margery Cuyler (E Rose)
  • Disney Karaoke Series (J Music CD Disney)
  • The Best of Laurie Berkner Band (J CD Best)
  • Nursery Rhymes by CocoMelon (J CD Nursery)
  • We did it! Dora’s Greatest Hits by Nickelodeon (J MUSIC CD Dora)
  • Wee Sing Silly Songs by Pamela Beall (J CD Wee)
  • Move and Learn by Kimbo Educational (J CD Move)
  • Baby Shark by Pinkfong (J CD Pinkfong)
  • VeggieTales, If I Sang a Silly Song   (J DVD FIC Fairies)
  • Trolls Movies (J DVD FIC Trolls)
  • Perfectly Princess (J DVD 782.42 Perfectly)
  • The Wheels on the Bus (J DVD FIC Wheels)
  • Baby Einstein: World Music ( J DVD FIC Baby)
  • Disney’s Sing-Along Songs (J DVD FIC Sing)
  • Child: How Children Think, Learn and Grow in the Early Years by Desmond Morris (612.654 Morris)
  • Ready for Preschool: Prepare Your Child for Happiness and Success at School by Nancy Hertzog (649 Hertzog)
  • Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach (618.92 Leach)
  • Wonderbooks Singalong (E [Author’s Name])
  • Sing Along Songs (J KIT-CD SING ALONG)