Literacy is an essential part of our everyday lives. Literacy is an "ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts”.
Preparation for learning to read begins early in the life of children, even earlier than some might think. In fact, some would say that emergent reading skills begin at birth when children are first exposed to speech. These skills continue to develop through the preschool years as children acquire language and are exposed to printed materials in meaningful ways.
A well – rounded early education in literacy includes all four components of preschool literacy, also known as “the big four”, and they make up the foundation for future literacy development.