Supporting and encouraging young children's emerging literacy does not have to be difficult. Child care providers can be great role models to help young children learn reading skills. If providers read and write with children, the children are more likely to enjoy reading and writing and to learn that literacy is important.
Many child care providers read books aloud, but forget that there are other ways to encourage children's emerging literacy skills. Here are some simple things child care providers can do in the early childhood curriculum that build young children's developing literacy skills.
To learn more about supporting young children's developing language and literacy skills, take a look at the following eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care articles:
To find activities to build on your favorite children's books, check out the database of Story-Stretching Ideas for Child Care. Each book in the database has a read-aloud guide and 8 - 10 activity ideas that expand the story.