Literacy is the child’s ability to read and write. These skills are essential for school, at work, and home. You start to learn a language as a baby. You learn how to say sounds and put them together to make words. You learn to use words to tell people what you think and feel. These early speech and language skills help you learn to read and write. Some children also have trouble with reading and writing, such as:

●     Holding a book right side up

●     Looking at pictures in a book and turning pages

●     Telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end

●     Naming letters and numbers

●     Learning the alphabet