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Te Cuento un Cuento: Early Literacy Ideas from Argentina

10 tips for early literacy at home with young children who are blind or visually impaired. In Spanish and English. From Argentina.

Boy with frog

Marcela Viviana Toscano, an early intervention specialist from the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina, created a powerpoint presentation about an early literacy project for families.  The presentation includes information about the importance of early literacy and ideas for incorporating it into daily routines.  Activities include early communication, making choices, and providing support and a workshop for families.

The presentation, which is in both English and Spanish, highlights some important points to remember in early literacy.

Leer en español.

1. Read to babies and young children!

A young boy reads to his brother.

  • Books help babies to learn to communicate with others.
  • Babies enjoy the time being close to family members and others during reading time.
  • Books help babies to learn about the world around them.

2. Create or adapt books for babies

Girl with duck

  • Books can be made of cloth, plastic, cardboard or heavy paper.
  • Books using real objects or three-dimensional materials that can be touched or that have moving parts are more interesting.
  • Images should be simple, familiar, and colorful.
  • There should be little or no text at first.
  • Use rhymes or playful language.

Parents and caregivers can promote literacy at home!

3. Give choices!

A young child is given choices

4.Encourage active exploration.

A young child uses a slant board.

5. Use bookstands

or slant boards to bring books up at an angle where the child can see them more easily.

Boy with braille writer

6.  Provide a chance for children to practice writing, as well as reading.

For very young children, this means giving them the tools to “scribble” and explore.

7.  Create books at home!

Cloth book about duck

Use objects to supplement book

8.  Use objects as props to illustrate books.

Use braille and textures

9. Provide braille, as well as tactile illustrations.

10. Enjoy reading together!

A family reads together

Download the powerpoint presentation in Spanish or English.

Te Cuento un Cuento (Spanish Version)

I’ll Tell You a Story (English Version)

10 Ideas for Early Literacy

A little girl on happily reading a book holding a teddy bear
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