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October 22, 2020Six Tips To Help Develop Literacy At Home

Did you know that October is National Book Month, October 20 is National Day On Writing and November 1 is National Family Literacy Day? With so many significant celebrations surrounding us, we should take time to reflect on the importance that reading and writing hold in our lives. 

An easy way parents can help lay the foundation for children to become lifelong learners is to foster their literacy skills early on. In today’s society, students utilize reading and writing in a variety of ways, from text messages to diary entries, reading game instructions to school assignments, and writing essays to reading their favorite book series.

Here are six tips to assist you in encouraging literacy practices within your family.  

Schedule time each day for reading. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it may be challenging to remember to read but if you reserve time on your calendar daily, it will become much easier. It doesn’t have to be a long block of time- even 15 minutes of family reading each day will help promote a love of books in your household. 

Take turns. Have each family member read a page or two and then pass the book to whomever they choose. This will also help your child practice pronunciation and facilitate discussion about the story.  

Visit the library. Going to the library to pick out a new book can be very exciting for children! Their imagination will begin to take flight as they explore all the options available to them. Allowing your child to choose the book they want will also give them ownership of the activity and increase their interest, especially for kids who may view reading as a chore. 

Use bookmarks and fun accessories. Don’t underestimate the element of creativity when encouraging your child to read! Take them to a bookstore and have them pick out their favorite bookmark, or better yet help them create their own. You could also invest in getting them a comfy ‘reading chair’ or some kid-friendly reading lights to help spark their excitement for reading time.

Keep books in accessible places around the house. Make sure that your child has a comfortable, designated reading space where they can go to easily access and read their favorite books. If you need some ideas, you can find instructions on how to build an easy at-home library, as well as recommended reading lists for children of all ages here.

Write a story together. Practice writing as a family by creating a story together! Take turns having each family member write different sections of the story and teach your child about every element (introduction, plot, climax, resolution, denouement). The end result will be some very fun and creative stories!