Early Literacy Initiatives

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Early Literacy Initiatives


Early literacy skills include letter knowledge, print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, phonological awareness, and narration. Children who enter kindergarten with these foundational skills excel in reading and writing compared to their same-aged peers who enter kindergarten without these skills. The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these six early literacy skills.

Letter Knowledge Literacy Play

Play-to-Learn Letter Knowledge

Inspired by Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, each kit was designed to teach young children about the shapes and sounds of letters by tapping into one of eight different forms of intelligence — linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

Click on the pictures and Play to Learn Letter Knowledge tutorial below to learn more about this early literacy skill and how to support its development.

Print Motivation Literacy Play

Print Motivation is an early literacy skill that refers to children’s interest in reading and writing. Building literacy activities into pretend play is one way to encourage print motivation because children learn best through hands-on experiences.

Click on the image below to view the BU Toy Library’s collection of role play costumes, play resources, and suggested literacy activities related to each of several professions.

Click on the Play to Learn Print Motivation tutorial to learn more about this early literacy skill and how to support its development.

Vocabulary Literacy Play

Click on the image below to view a PDF version of the Vocabulary Literacy Play booklet.

Vocabulary is an early literacy skill that refers to the number of words that a person uses and understands. Vocabulary includes words for people, animals, occupations, things (e.g., clothes, vehicles, furniture, food, etc.), places, actions, feelings, and concepts.

It showcases the BU Toy Library’s collection of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books, play and literacy resources, as well as story-related activities to support children’s Vocabulary development.

Click on the Play to Learn Vocabulary tutorial to learn more about this early literacy skill and how to support its development.

Print Awareness

Print Awareness is an early literacy skill that refers to the understanding that printed text includes letters and words, is governed by a set of rules, and has meaning.

Click on the Play to Learn Print Awareness tutorial to learn more about this early literacy skill and how the resources of the BU Toy Library may be used to support its development.

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is an early literacy skill that refers to a person’s understanding that language is made up of sounds, syllables, words, and rhymes.

Click on the image below to view the BU Toy Library’s complete collection of repetition and rhyming books.

Click on the Play to Learn Phonological Awareness tutorial to learn more about this early literacy skill and how the resources of the BU Toy Library may be used to support its development.

Narration

Narration is an early literacy skill that refers to a person’s ability to describe things and to tell stories. Click on the Play to Learn Narrative Skill tutorial to learn more about this early literacy skill and how the resources of the BU Toy Library may be used to support its development.