The KISS Theory on Pre-Reading Skills

I don't know if others are as frustrated as I have been when using/explaining/talking about the six early literacy skills that serve as a foundation for preschoolers in their learning to read and write. You know:

Print Motivation
Print Awareness
Narrative Skills
Phonological Awareness
(puh-lease don't make me say that word!)
Letter Knowledge

It's not that I don't understand this stuff but parents, providers and I often glaze over at the titles of each skill. Isn't there an easier way to title these puppies?

Well, Amy over at Literacy Launchpad just did a great post citing a Calgary Herald list that simplifies the names and concepts beautifully. I'll take "I Hear Words" over "Phonological Awareness" any day of any week! As a busy public librarian, I appreciate that and I know the families and providers I share this information with will appreciate it too!

Thanks to Jen Robinson's Book Page and Scrub-a-Dub-Tub for the Children's literacy Round-up link!


  1. Hi Marge, not sure if my previous comment made it through or not (if so, feel free to delete). Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm glad that they link to Amy's post was helpful for you! Thanks for linking to us. You have a nice blog.