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early literacy stages checklist for preschool {free printable!}

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It is essential to know our children….  I love all of the amazing sensorial and practical literacy activities I find at fellow blogs and on glorious Pinterest.  But it can be overwhelming in choosing what literacy activities to do with your child.  Where is he at?  What can she do?  Will this be too easy or too hard?  Am I challenging him enough?  Is this too overwhelming?

Hopefully, this checklist will answer these questions and simplify how to figure out your child’s level.

early literacy stages checklist for preschool {free printable!} - Wildflower Ramblings

Children learn in stages, and it is important to not introduce new concepts before mastering old ones.  While exposure to literacy concepts, sometimes whole immersion can be too daunting for little ones.  For example, learning 52 letters is a difficult task for children, choose uppercase or lowercase, and stick with it for a while until the learning “sticks.”  I suggest starting with uppercase letters first — you can see why and much more at my Early Literacy Stages series here:

  1. Uppercase letter recognition
  2. Tactile uppercase letter writing
  3. Utensil prewriting and uppercase letter writing
  4. Lowercase letter recognition (and matching uppercase with lowercase letters)
  5. Lowercase phonetic sounds
  6. Lowercase letter writing

It is important to know your child, or student, and set them up for learning successes!  I hope this early literacy checklist assists you with choosing activities for your child.

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You can download the free Early Literacy Stages Checklist here.

During this time it is important to not focus on “testing,” and instead to simply observe your child during activities.  Carisa from 1plus1plus1equals1 has made an amazing Preschool Assessment if you want to formally test your child to see where they are at.  {This does not test handwriting.}  This is a wonderful resource and I highly recommend it!

Please share on Pinterest and leave a comment below to let me know how this will help your child!

You may be interested in reading: 30+ Resources for Early Childhood Workbooks {Ages 2 to 5}.


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  1. I am bookmarking this site for future reference. This is a great post especially for parents in assessing their children for early education. Thank you for sharing.

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