Literacy is a whole lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic, it can be other fun things to do every day at home. There are so many benefits early literacy provides for our children, why not provide them with all the knowledge they need to prosper? Here are just a few advantages and why we should encourage early literacy:
- The basic skills necessary for your child to become a good reader are acquired before your child even starts school.
- Helps boost memory.
- Sparks imagination.
- Children become stronger readers if they start with a foundation of solid language and vocabulary skills.
- Helps expand children's vocabulary.
- Helps reading comprehension.
There are many ways to strengthen your family's literacy skills - all it takes is 15 minutes every day by practicing one or a few of the following things:
- Reading - this can be reading a storybook before bed or during the day.
- Write - bring out the pen and paper! Write out a grocery list, or hand-write a letter to an old friend.
- Talk to your child a lot - talk aloud about what you are doing in your daily routines and life.
- Tell stories and involve your children in the story telling process.
- Sing songs together.
- Help build a book collection for your children.
- Point out familiar words everywhere you can.
- Teach your child that letters are put together to form words.
- If your child is not old enough to read, point out the pictures in a book and talk about them.
- Hit up your local library.
- Have a family game night.
- Prepare a recipe together.
- Call out road signs on your way to the store.
- Have reading materials (books, magazines etc.) easily accessible to your children.
It truly is an easy task to make reading a part of your daily life. It is also important for us to remember not to push too hard. Learning how to read does not happen quickly - it takes years! As parents, we need to remind ourselves to be patient, reward positive beahviour, and make learning how to read fun and not work. If you are reading this post, then kudos to you - let's spread the word about early literacy today!
|Yesterday, our local Live and Learn Resource Center hosted a morning full of fun for families to come and bring their little ones to listen to stories by members of the community. The kids thought it was super cool that a police officer came to read some of their favourite books.|
|Little Miss L. was mesmerized by the fabulous books.|
|Local bank manager read Little Miss L.'s favourite book she brought to share with her friends. She was so proud of herself for bringing a book that everyone loved.|
|The children loved listening to an instructor from OSSD.|
|Happy literacy day everyone!|