In recent years, a cultural shift has occurred which emphasizes the promotion of ealry literacy skills. TV shows such as Word Girl, Super Why! and Sesame Street are increasingly exposing children to skills such as rhyming, letter/sound naming and identification, sound segmenting and blending to name a few. The overal consensus of reaserch on early language and literacy shows that oral language is the foundation of literacy. Oral language is acheived through quality language input in everyday interactions with infants and toddlers. This is the most effectively achieved in play that is purpouseful and creative.
Ana Paula G Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech language pathologist and author, has created materials for educators and parents with purposeful play suggestions. You can access these materials at http://thespeechstop.com/sub.php?page=planguage (Purposeful Ongoing Play: Enhancing Language Skills Through Play or P.O.P Sheets). These activities are easy to implement and fun. You’ll feel good knowing you’re not only enjoying quality time with your child but encouraging their
reading skills as well!