The right start to reading
Just as a healthy breakfast is the right start of the day, early literacy experiences give children a good start to entering kindergarten.
Beginning and continuing with pre-literacy skills
According to research by Keith Stanovich and others, children entering kindergarten with extensive pre-literacy experience (which means their parents read to them and have had many encouraging verbal interactions with them) enter the school with A significant advantage over children with little pre-literacy experience. Not only do they begin to advance, they are ahead and the gap does not stop, in fact, it increases during the 12 years of basic education. Stanovich describes the “Matthew effect” breach and his findings were supported by other researchers.
It is easy for parents to use to turn on the television instead of spending time reading or talking to their child about their day. To combat this craving, follow these simple tips to make sure your child enters the school ready to succeed.
7 Tips to Feed the Early Literacy Experience
Talk to your children from the first day. When washing clothes, talk about the colors of the clothes. In the preparation of the dinner, discuss the ingredients and steps. Use every opportunity to introduce your child to a new vocabulary, regardless of simplicity. You set your child on the path of becoming a lifelong learner.
Surround your child to read the material. Be aware of your child that words are everywhere – in boxes of cereal, milk cartons, panels, even toys! Help him write that words are made up of individual letters, and that letters have names and sounds. Join the local library to add variety to the books you have at home.
Read with your child every day. No matter how busy you leave aside 10 minutes a day!
Praise your child often. Make them feel the need to explore, learn and experience.
Make regular trips to the library. Even if you go once a month it is a way out that will benefit the whole family.
Write the names of common objects on the cards. Write labels on objects (such as a desk, chair, door, etc.) in your child’s room. This will help them understand that these scribbles on the page, when arranged in certain combinations, represent something. Remember the most important word of all: the name of your child!
Encourage literacy in other children as well. Sharing the gift of instruction with others by donating used books or inviting children to visit during library visits.