Have you been wondering how to create or provide the opportunity for literacy development? Do you know that there are really simple and effective ways to do this in your own home? This article gives you tips and ideas which will enable you to do this.
There are many ways to provide opportunities for literacy development, amongst these are: Talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child. Simple everyday activities, like going to the shops or library, walking to the park or doing some gardening at home are all valuable learning opportunities.
Talking and singing with children can teach them about sounds and how sounds come together to form language. By teaching your child language games and songs, you will be helping him to develop listening and speaking skills. There are some fabulous toddler classes available where children and engaged in singing and reciting rhymes to music. If these are not an option for you, then use audio Cd’s to sing along to or just sing! Give your child the chance to speak and be listened to. This helps him to realise that his speech is important and that he can help to influence decision making through voicing his opinion and sharing his likes and dislikes with you.
Reading is a good way to encourage discussion and literacy. Read stories and then talk about them. Ask, ‘What was that story about?’ or ask questions relating to characters and events in the story.
You don’t need lots of time. Take the opportunities as they arise, a few times in the day is often enough
Toddlers love to try to ‘write’ like their older siblings or parents. Pretend writing and drawing helps develop the fine motor skills needed for writing later. It also helps him recognise and remember letter and number shapes.
Now that you are aware of all the ways you can help develop your child’s literacy, it is just a matter of remembering and taking advantage of opportunities!
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.