Building Early Literacy and Language Skills (PreK-K)

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What is Building Early Literacy and Language Skills (BELLS)?

BELLS is a resource and activity guide for preschool and kindergarten teachers that describes the importance of language literacy development, the connection between the two, and the necessity of facilitation in young children.

With a Friendly, Easy-to-Use Format, BELLS Features:


More than 70 developmentally appropriate activities to build children’s language skills, phonological and print awareness, cognitive-communication, and self-help skills


Creative, fun, and effective activities to develop early literacy language skills


Practical strategies and techniques to nurture language development naturally and playfully


Fun, interactive stories, games, and crafts to nurture learning development including:

  • Awesome Athletes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider Crawl
  • Give a Moose a Muffin Circle Story
  • We're Having a Puppet Show
  • Many more engaging games and crafts

PreK and Kindergarten Teachers Who Use BELLS:

  • Engage children in playful, skill-building activities, and recommended children's literature
  • Identify their children's strengths and weaknesses using the assessment component
  • Learn what children (birth to age 5) naturally do with language and what they can do to ensure they develop pre-literacy skills
  • Are prepared to address common difficulties of language and literacy development
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the research, which strategies work, and why they do
  • Introduce writing simply and effectively
  • Nurture the oral language-literacy connection and capitalize on it in their teaching

Build early literacy skills in your school or district