Many times parents wonder what they can do at home to best help enhance their child's literacy development. There are a myriad of activities parents can implement in the home that will support the skills and strategies students are learning in the classroom.
Read to your child often. When reading to your child you are demonstrating appropriate fluency and expression. The modeling of proficient reading is most beneficial to children because they tend to "copy" what they've heard. Reading should be an enjoyable experience where the child is an active participant. Let your child turn the pages and stop often for discussion about characters, plot, and to make predictions about what my happen next. Research shows that reading to children from infancy can give them a strong foundation for language concepts. So, cuddle up with your child and a good book as often as possible.
When your child is learning to read, support the process by helping him/her to label household objects on strips of paper. This will get your youngster used to reading environmental print, and before you know it, they will be reading signs, posters, billboards, etc. Spend a rain day labeling items around the house and watch your child's sight vocabulary soar!
Set a good example. Let your child see you reading often. Establishing a family mailbox is one way for you to help your child connect reading to every day experiences. Designate a Special Section where family members can correspond with one another. This special family "post office" may include a daily joke, family news, personal letters, appointments, school events, etc. What a wonderful way to help your child feel important while making a literacy connection.
Ask for help when you need it. If your child is struggling speak to his/her school educator for advice.