You don’t need to wait until your child is in school to begin fostering literacy. It’s proven that early learning can have a major impact on skills later in life, including comprehension, speaking, spelling and more.
Like almost everything, literacy becomes habitual. Children won’t understand the importance of daily reading unless parents instill it in their everyday schedule. There are many ways for parents to encourage this daily without making it seem like a daunting task or chore to their children.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Children often repeat words and actions they hear and see from adults in their daily life. If your kids see how excited you are about reading, learning or talking about books, they’re more likely to follow suit. We all know how important it is to shield certain things from the eyes and ears of children, so if the opposite takes place – it can have a positive outcome.
Feed Their Imagination
Another way to encourage literacy is to engage a child’s imagination. This can be as easy as asking your child to tell you a story about their day during meal times, or joining them for playtime. Imagination is an important part of a child’s cognitive development. This which can help form problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Make it a Habit
Lastly, an important step to strengthening skills in young children is instilling learning every day. Storytime can become a daily ritual – just like snack time and hopefully nap time! Reading to your child every night at bedtime is a great example of habitual learning. Eventually they’ll look forward to this time of day and you can too!