As a parent, or main caregiver, you play an important role in your child's development.
Children are continually gaining important knowledge and skills that will help them learn to read, write, and succeed in school. Some of the things you can do to encourage reading skills in your child are:
- Talking – Children learn language and learn best by listening and interacting with people.
- Singing is a great way to learn language in a happy playful and fun environment.
- Reading is an important part of your daily routine.
- Playing creates strong emotional attachment and helps a child to learn to take turns.
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Make your home reading friendly
One of the most important things a parent can do to create a friendly learning environment is to ensure your children have access to all of the necessary materials.
Reading to children is critical to help develop early reading and learning skills. Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador has these tips:
- Make a special place to store your child’s books; it shows that books are special and deserve an organized storage space.
- One of the earliest skills a child develops is the concept of sequencing (telling a story from start to finish in order). Practise this skill at home by having your child create their own picture books, then use these picture books to retell their stories to others.
- Encourage all family members to engage in storytelling. Afterward, ask a younger member of the family to re-tell the story in their own words.
- Practise and encourage emerging writing skills with young children and those new to learning a language. Do this by leaving notes for one another on a regular basis, or sending frequent e-mail messages.
- Visit the library together!