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Ages Birth - 4

Resources for Supporting Literacy Development (Birth - 4) 

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There are many ways to support literacy development beginning at birth.  Looking at books with your child every day is one of the most important things you can do for her/his future. Sharing books together strengthens your child's foundation for learning.

Academic standards tell us what students should know and be able to do in the classroom.  The Wisconsin Standards for English Language Arts apply to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards apply to children from birth through age 5. Please review this DPI alignment report provides information on the connections between Wisconsin's Standards for English Language Arts and the Model Early Learning Standards


Literacy Programs for Families:

  • Visit Growing Wisconsin Readers for details about what literacy-related activities babies, toddlers, and preschoolers enjoy, as well as authors and books children at each stage might enjoy.

Additional Resources 

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Literacy Development at the Grocery Store

This document provides family members with strategies to support literacy development at the grocery store.

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Reading with Rhymes and Songs

Nursery rhymes and songs provide a great introduction to our language and are a wonderful building block in learning to read.

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Raising a Reader

Reading to your child and talking about the books that you read is one of the best ways to encourage your child to be an enthusiastic and fantastic reader