As a parent, we know that you want the best for your child(ren) and already do so much to help them learn new things.  We know that like most parents you want your children to have every opportunity to be successful, to have a life better than you’ve had.  Helping to make sure that your child is reading well by third grade is one of the best things that you can do to prepare them for their future.  From birth there are opportunities to support your child(ren) with literacy building skills that will help prepare them for third grade and beyond.

Building early literacy isn’t as hard as you think; it comes from things you already do every day, everywhere, like talking, telling stories, singing and playing with your child(ren). And it can be done in any language.

Every moment is an opportunity to help your child learn. You are the best person to do it.  Read, talk, sing, and play with your child—it all helps build vocabulary. Every day, everywhere, ask your child to: tell stories with you, sing with you, count with you or read signs with you.

For more ideas of how to turn every day moments into learning activities, watch some of the videos on this website, read stories from other Oregon families just like yours turning every day moments into fun, learning opportunities or click on the activities page to download activities you can do with your child(ren).

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