This year one of our program goals is to work on early literacy skills – the skills that children need to learn in order to be ready to read. These are skills such as paying attention, using and understanding words and gestures, drawing shapes, and understanding that printed words have meaning. We know that these are some of the important skills that will help prepare them for Kindergarten. Reading is so important to future school success. Did you know that children who are read to three times per week or more do much better in their later development than children who are read to less than three times per week?
Every time you read a book, write a note, sort the laundry, check the TV listings, or recount the days's happenings, you are using skills young children need to have to be ready to learn to read and write. Here are a couple of simple activities you and your child can do together:
Book Time: Read with you child every day. Start by setting aside 5 or 10 minutes each day. Then gradually increase the time to 30 minutes. Go to the library together. Choose books that go along with the season, family holidays, or subjects your child is interested in.
Picture shopping lists or menus: With your child, cut out pictures of food and paste them on sheets of paper to make a menu or shopping list (food adds in the newpaper or magazine pictures work well). You might make pages fro breakfast, lunch and foods. Have your child "read" the menu or list.