Literacy skills can be acquired in a variety of different ways through play based and intentional learning. It is important in supporting children to begin to decode words and assist with reading. With all the technology of the modern day, it can be difficult to engage children in hands on rich literacy learning activities and experiences.
As educational supplies experts, we thought we would give some top tips on how to develop some literacy skills and ideas to assist with reading. You can also browse our online toy store to purchase some of the most popular arts and crafts supplies to foster language development and creativity as well as use their imagination when engaging with children’s books.
1.Create your own home library.
It’s beneficial to have books in your house, alongside other educational resources and educational toys, as this will allow your child to engage in books as they please and read whenever they feel in the mood for it. Create a safe, inviting and comfortable reading space with children’s furniture that can support your child’s learning and development. Other educational resources you may want to fill your home or playroom with include Little Brian, arts and crafts, games and puzzles, people paint, and numeracy toys.
2. Use age-appropriate and rich texts.
Pre-schoolers and younger children need books with plenty of imagery and simple vocabulary. The visuals in the story can facilitate children to develop their language skills by talking about what they see in the book. From this, the children use the visuals to decode the text and begin to support their reading skills. You might want to have a look at our great selection in our online toys store and educational resources shop, we have a wide range of quality books for children.
3. Get into a reading rhythm.
Once you’re in a daily reading rhythm, you will have no issues incorporating books into your schedule. You might like to read for twenty minutes every morning, or for half an hour before bed. Favourite reading times will vary for everyone, so do whatever works best for you.
4. Introduce reading as early as possible.
Reading is as much of a habit as it is an enjoyable venture. The earlier you introduce reading time, the quicker your child will get used to it and instinctively enjoy reading. Even when your child is an infant, you could be committing to special reading time with your child. By exposing children to a range of rich texts, you are providing them with rich literacy experiences to foster their vocabulary and literacy skills.
5. Let your child choose books that they are interested in.
For your child to truly engage in educational resources and books, they need to centre around a topic they are interested in. You might like to take your family on a trip to the library where your children can browse a full selection of books and determine what genres or topics they are most interested in. You can then purchase books for your home based on these interests.