Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by earlyliteracy
It’s as easy as READING, TALKING, SINGING, WRITING & PLAYING! Research has shown that children who start kindergarten with good early literacy skills have greater success throughout their school years. When a child reads at or above grade level by the end of 4th grade they are much more likely to graduate from high school and be successful readers and learners throughout their life.
So what can you do to help your young child get ready to read? Practice these five activities with your child:
TALKING: Talk to your child often and give them time to talk to you.
SINGING: Kids love music! The library has lots of CDs to borrow as well as downloadable music.
READING: Read together every day, even when your child is a baby. This can be a special snuggle time for both of you! Ask your children’s librarian for age-appropriate suggestions.
WRITING: Reading and writing go together. Give your child lots of opportunities to draw and write. Even scribbling counts!
PLAYING: Leave time for unstructured play and encourage them to use their imagination.
Participating in storytimes is a great way to promote your child’s early literacy skills. Storytimes are full of songs, stories, rhymes and games that stimulate and develop your child’s brain. Check your local library’s event listing for storytime days and times.
Watch the SCCL Kids Blog for more tips on developing your child’s early literacy skills.