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.

Letter Knowledge Literacy Play

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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.

The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these early literacy skills. Letter Knowledge Tutorial

Print Motivation Literacy Play

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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.

The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these early literacy skills. Print Motivation Tutorial

Vocabulary Literacy Play

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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.

The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these early literacy skills. Vocabulary Literacy Play Tutorial

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.

The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these early literacy skills. Print Awareness Tutorial

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.

The BU Toy Library offers online tutorials, literacy and play resources, as well as suggested activities to support young children’s development of these early literacy skills. Phonological Awareness Tutorial

Narration

Toy Library Narration Literacy

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

The BU Toy Library is pleased to offer a collection of wordless picture books to support the development of narration skills. Please click on the image to see our current holdings. Narration Tutorial