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Empowering Young Minds: One Letter at a Time


Published on: May 15, 2024

Written by: Jill Rappo

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Early Literacy Activities

In today’s fast-paced world where technology is ever-present, nurturing our children’s literacy skills from an early age is more important than ever. As parents, we play a vital role in laying the foundation for their academic success and lifelong love of learning. Early literacy skills not only set the stage for future academic achievements but also foster critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills.

My name is Jill Rappo, and I am passionate about helping parents to support their children’s literacy development. As a parent myself and a teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience, I understand the challenges and joys of guiding young minds through critical reading and writing skills.

Letter tracing is more than just an activity; it’s a fundamental building block of literacy development. By practicing handwriting strokes and tracing letters, children develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and letter recognition. These skills form the cornerstone of their reading and writing abilities, setting them up for success in school and beyond.

I created the ABC Letter Tracing Workbook with Finn the Flamingo as a guide and cheerleader. While following Finn, your children will be immersed in a fun and engaging early literacy experience.

As parents, we have the incredible opportunity to instill a love of learning in our children and unlock their full potential. By incorporating early literacy activities into our daily routines, we can nurture their curiosity, creativity, and confidence.

Together, we can empower our children to become confident readers, writers, and lifelong learners – one letter at a time.

About Jill Rappo

Jill Rappo, a dedicated Language Arts educator of more than 15 years, finds profound joy in witnessing the transformative moments when children of all ages embrace learning. Beyond the classroom, Jill is committed to supporting her fellow educators, having recently won Distinguished Cooperating Teacher (NJACTE, NJDOE). She recognizes the challenges teachers face and is dedicated to creating resources that make the teaching journey more rewarding. Jill’s commitment to educational excellence is not only professional but personal. As a mom of three, she understands the importance of creating resources that resonate with both teachers and parents. Through her books and resources, she invites you to join her on an exciting journey of learning, discovery, and the boundless possibilities that education brings.

Jill’s education credentials include a BA in English and Political Science from Rutgers University, an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business, a Graduate Level Teacher Certificate from Rider University, and her Supervisor and Principal certifications from Rutgers Graduate School of Education and NJ EXCEL respectively.

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