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Early Literacy Tip—November 2017

Families Create Literacy-Friendly Home Environments

There are three dimensions to building positive early literacy experiences in the home.  First, the number of books in a family’s home, including those owned and borrowed, is strongly and positively related to children’s reading ability. Second, storybook reading supports children’s vocabulary, knowledge, oral language, and reading comprehension.  Third, engaging in parent-child activities like teaching letter names and printing words supports children becoming fluent readers.

From Global Family Research Project Seven Research-Based Ways That Families Promote Early Literacy