Literacy—the ability to read and comprehend text—starts at an early age. In fact, the sooner you can read to, and with, your child the better.
Teaching your child a love or reading doesn't require a lot of time or investment. A short bedtime story for infants and toddlers is a good start. As little as 20 minutes a day for pre-school- and school-aged children is all it takes. And remember, a regular visit to the library can be a fun outing for you and your child.
Make reading a habit, and you'll soon notice cues from your child that s/he is ready to start reading on his/her own. Letter and word recognition, mimicking sounds and repeating words you read are a few things to keep your eyes and ears open for.
Explore the helpful links on the graphic below, or download the pdf.
Here are some resources you may find helpful to encourage reading and improve literacy:
Literacy at Home Parent/Caregiver Handbook
Using Digital Resources to Support Literacy
Saskatchewan Reads Parent Pamphlet
Additional resources can be found at Saskatchewan Reads.