Early Literacy Development in Birth to Three

Early Literacy Development

 “Early literacy skills are essential to literacy development and should be the focus of early language and literacy programs. By focusing on the importance of the first years of life, we give new meaning to the interactions young children have with books and stories. Looking at early literacy development as a dynamic developmental process, we can see the connection (and meaning) between an infant mouthing a book, the book handling behavior of a two year old, and the page turning of a five year old. We can see that the first three years of exploring and playing with books, singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories, recognizing words, and scribbling are truly the building blocks for language and literacy development.”

Click on the link above to read more of this interesting article on early literacy development and behaviors.


Infant Twins

Working with twins has been an interesting experience so far. Especially working with infant twins.  They interact and talk with each other by making noises and laughing.  When one starts to cry, the other starts to cry.  When one laughs, the other laughs. Sometimes I think they “feel” each other’s pain and joy.

The boys mimic everything you do. (Which they should be doing)  When you tap on a box, they tap on the box.  I noticed one of the boys even follows the same tapping pattern.

One of the boys isn’t moving around as much as the other. (They are at their own pace) One crawls around the floor and the other rolls around.  I had one of the boys on his feet while I was holding his hands and he followed my footsteps and “walked” for the first time. (Of course it was with my guidance, not on his own.  He doesn’t have the balance yet to walk on his own)

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Fine and Gross Motor Skills- Infants

Fine motor skills include small muscle movements of the hands and fingers. Examples are picking up a spoon or drawing with a crayon.

Gross motor skills include large muscle movements of the legs and arms. Examples are rolling over and sitting up.

You can help to build an infant’s fine and gross motor skills by doing activities with them. Here are a few activities listed in “The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities for Children Birth to 3” Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Charlie Clark.




An Infant’s Trust

I am currently working with a 4 month old and have been doing some reading on baby play.  This is a great book filled with activities to engage infants in play.  I will share a few of the activities with you that I will try overtime.  However, I found a passage in the book about developing and infant’s trust thought you would enjoy reading it.  Do you wonder how to develop trust from an infant?….