Literacy Activities at Home
The most important years for your child’s literacy development is between birth and the age of eight, so it’s important to help nurture their skills and share literacy activities together. Reading and writing skills are crucial for your child’s future success, so we have rounded up our favourite ways you can try literacy at home with your child:
Talking and singing
Communication is key with your child, so it’s important to have as many interactions as possible. Talking and singing will help to develop their listening and speaking skills as they pick up new vocabulary and sounds.
Playing games such as ‘I Spy’ will help your child be aware of their surroundings and encourage them to notice shapes, size and colours. For example: “I spy with my little eye, something that’s yellow. Can you see something that’s yellow?”
To help your child develop language, rhyme, rhythm and repetition skills, sing nursery rhymes as often as possible for a fun and interesting way of learning.
It is never too early to start reading with your child, helping their ability to listen, copy, understand and connect words. Starting with touch and feel books before progressing to picture and word books is great for engaging your child’s senses and building their confidence with books.
When you’re reading with your child, it’s great to encourage them to take the lead and turn the pages themselves. Ask questions throughout the book such as “what do you think will happen next?” to make your child think and connect stories.
Books with lots of rhyme, rhythm and repetition are ideal when your child is just starting to read words as it encourage them to predict and memorise.
Writing and drawing
Lay out some paper with pens, pencils and crayons so your child can get creative and develop their fine motor skills. Teaching them to write their name is a great first step to learning letters and shapes before moving onto more complex writing.
Even scribbles and drawings of what your child sees around them will help them develop their literacy skills. Toys, puzzles, blocks and magnets with letters and shapes on are great to use in different ways or ask your child to copy the letter or shape onto their paper.
Here at Winchmoor Hill, we encourage all of our children to love literacy and be excited about learning. No matter their age, we help them develop reading and writing skills for when they move onto school and continue their learning. When your child expands their knowledge it’s exciting as they know they can move onto the next step, it’s about building them up and guiding them to be the best they can be.