Building Your Toddler's Pre-Literacy Skills - Kumon

Building Your Toddler’s Pre-Literacy Skills

Pre-literacy skills begin at birth, through speaking, reading aloud, and even singing to your child. Helping your child to develop pre-literacy skills at a young age helps set the foundation for life-long learning.

  1. Read early and often

The AAP recommends that parents read to their children daily as early as infancy. While reading children’s books is an excellent option, you could implement your own personal daily routine of reading newspapers, magazines, or other books as part of read-aloud time with your child. Don’t limit yourself or your child on the types of reading materials. Exposing your child to a variety of literature now can mean a stronger vocabulary later.

  1. Label everything

Every item in your home has a name, from the refrigerator to the toaster and even your pet. Build your child’s pre-literacy skills by labelling items in your home so he or she can become more familiar with words, letters, and spellings in preparation for the future.

  1. Study by category

As your child develops, he or she will be transitioning away from a primarily non-verbal and gesture based form of communication to a verbal one. Your child is learning a language. When learning a new language, students of all ages generally start by learning words in categories such as greetings, numbers, foods, animals, etc.  So, as your child begins learning to read and speak, try implementing a similar strategy.


The minds of young children are ripe for learning. Capitalize on this plasticity by implementing a few of the above recommended tips to strengthen your child’s pre-literacy skills.