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Sing, Talk, and Read (STAR)

Give your kids a smart start

A key to success in school is reading. You can help shape the successful future you want for your child by getting him ready to learn before he starts school. The best way to do this is to sing, talk and read with your child every day.

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The DC Public Library wants to make reading with your child fun and easy. That's why the Library is launching Books from Birth, a program that mails all enrolled kids in D.C. a free book each month from birth until they turn five. Find out more.

What is early literacy?

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they are taught these skills in school. Singing, talking and reading are important parts of early literacy that can start at birth. Even if your child is a little older, you can start singing, talking and reading to help prepare her for success in school and life.

Singing is a fun way for your child to learn new words. It helps her learn and remember words and helps her hear the smaller sounds in words.

Talking with your child helps him learn more words. Conversation and storytelling help your child understand how a story is organized and give context to what she will read later in school.

Reading with your child is an important way to help him get ready to learn to read. He will understand reading as a fun activity. He will see words in books and learn new words.

Writing and playing with your child also help prepare her to learn to read. Writing, or scribbling for the very young child, helps her understand that printed letters stand for printed words. Singing, talking and reading in a playful way make activities with your child fun.

Explore tips for singing, talking and reading with your young child at any age.

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