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Six useful activities for child literacy success

Below are six of the most useful activities you can carry out to help your young child to literacy success. Give them a try, and do let us know how you get on.

 

Read to your baby

This may sound like a strange recommendation, but experts claim that reading to your baby has all kinds of benefits. These include promoting listening skills, developing attention span and memory, helping to learn the sounds and rhythms of words, and promoting bonding and calmness for both baby and parent.

You may feel a bit self-conscious doing it, but the benefits of reading to your baby make it worthwhile. It can stimulate a baby’s imagination and senses, and boost critical learning skills in your baby.
 
Be seen reading by your child

As a parent you are your child’s most important role model, and she will always mimic what you do. Take advantage of this natural affinity and make sure your child sees you reading frequently. She will want to do the same.

Your child will start to see reading as part of the everyday routine, and will accept is as the ‘norm’. Because of this it is far more likely that your child will want to pick up a book and start reading it, and ‘reading together’ time will be something that she adapts to easily.
 
Have lots of books around the house

It’s a good idea to have as much reading material in the house as possible. An environment rich in books translates to a child who is more likely to read both earlier and later in life. Simply being used to having reading material around is a great starting point on the road to literacy development.

A study published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility found that just having books around the house correlates with the number of years of schooling a child will complete. Children living in homes with as few as 25 books completed on average two more years of schooling than children brought up in homes without any books.
 
Join the local library

As soon as your child is old enough to be eligible, register him for a library card. This ‘passport’ will allow access to the treasured world of the local public library. Introducing your child to this vital resource really is one of the most important and valuable things you can do – it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say it’s an investment in his learning future.

A children’s library is the perfect place to visit for a wide range of free children’s books that you and your little one can borrow. Make it a regular outing, and one to look forward to. These days they are bright, colourful places with lots of activities like story readings and kids’ plays.
 
Read with your child every day

It’s vital that you set time aside with your child every day to read together. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, but as long as you can do it regularly you will start to get your child into good habits. At the very worst it will give you and your child some much-appreciated bonding time, at best it can set your young reader off on the fast track to literacy success.

Reading together gets a child used to the formalities of reading; the fact that you start on the first page and read from left to right, the rhythm of words, pictures illustrating the plot of the story. Children pick up more than you would imagine when they are sitting on your lap and following the text of a storybook.
 
Remember – it’s never too late to start

You may well be thinking that you have never done anything like what’s listed above, and that it’s too late to start. Apart from anything else, it’s all very hard and you have to have qualifications to be able to do it well, right?

Absolutely not! The main thing to bear in mind is that anything you can do to help your child to develop better reading skills is beneficial, and is – unfortunately – more than the vast majority of parents do. So give it a go… and good luck!

One Response to Six useful activities for child literacy success

  1. lexapro says:

    You have really interesting blog, keep up posting such informative posts!

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