Happy (Belated) National Family Literacy Day! (I’m a couple days late, sorry)
There is nothing like curling with a good book! It’s by far one of my favorite things to do. When I first found out I was pregnant with my daughter the first things I bought for her were books! She had a full library before she had ever seen the light of day.
Reading is critical to a child’s development. Being such a supporter of child literacy it’s almost ridiculous the amount of time my boyfriend and I spend reading to our daughter. And because of that it’s her favorite thing to do!
But reading to children is not just about the words on the page. It’s advancing their development in areas of speech and language, the ability to analyze things, symbolism, apply theories, and gain life skills, specifically socialization. In addition to these, reading with children helps secure a nurturing relationship with the adults who read to them. Even as few as 15 minutes a day can drastically improve a child’s literacy skills.
Fun and easy ways you can encourage literacy within your own family:
– Read together!
– Let your children see you reading, this includes newspapers and magazines.
– Try out a recipe together. Numbers are part of literacy too!
– Take a trip to your local library
– Look at a map
– Read in the car; road signs, billboards, and license plates
– Play a musical instrument. You’re reading music!
– Family game night