Nature. Nurture. Knowledge.
Words are part of life from the beginning. Babies listen to voices in the womb at as early as 16 weeks, so it’s never too early to think about literacy. Make an inexpensive investment with infinite return.
The Daily 5
Shared reading is the single most effective way to help children blossom into proficient readers.
Speaking with children teaches oral language – one of the most critical early literacy skills. Self-expression stimulates brain development, which is, literally, the brain behind all learning operations.
Young children learn about their world through play and life experience. Learning about their world helps them understand books and stories once they progress to reading.
Singing and rhyming increases your child’s awareness of and sensitivity to sounds in words. This helps children learn to decode printed language.
Pen (or crayon!), meet paper. Writing helps children learn that letters and words represent sounds and that print has meaning.
Like any skill, practice makes perfect. Babies first explore books by chewing, shaking and tearing them. Be sure to have some board books available for exploration.
- Read at least once a day. Pick a time they’re in the mood for a cuddle and book.
- Read for any duration. Short, positive interactions are more important than long ones.
- Read loved books over and over and over. Repetition deepens understanding.
- Read in silly, exaggerated voices when speaking as different characters or narrating.
- Read books with interaction like kisses and cuddles.
- Just keep reading.