Archive for January, 2012

January 25th, 2012

Family Literacy Day-January 27

What could be a more important gift  than a love of reading?  Family Literacy Day is January 27.  Here are my thoughts about ways to help your child love reading and writing:

BABIES:

  • Words are the foundation of reading.  Talk to your baby.
  • Look at books with simple pictures.  Buy board books.  They don’t get torn.  Babies love touchy feely books (so do I!)
  • Let them play with things that help develop fine motor skills.   Pour water, put things in and out of containers.  Occupational therapists are always keen on developing the pincer grasp.  Think of the fingers you use to open a clothes peg-these are the same ones you use for writing.  Peg boards are good for this.

PRESCHOOLERS:

  • Go to the library regularly.  Most libraries have story book time-they know how to make it fun. Great for listening skills.
  • Make book reading a part of the daily night time routine.
  • Choose picture books and let your child tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
  • Encourage your child to draw, paint and colour.  Have lots of washable felt markers and scrap paper around.

EARLY READERS:

  • Talk about letters and words.   Play rhyming games.
  • Allow you child to take books  he chooses out of the library.
  • Listen to your child read books with simple words.  Continue to read to him.
  • Keep encouraging drawing.  Add words to the picture.  Have him print the words.   Help if needed.

PRETEENS:

  • Continue to read to your child or take turns reading great classics.  How about Treasure Island  or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
  • Give books for gifts or get a subscription to a kids magazine like National Geographic Kids or OWL.
  • Comic books are okay-anything that keeps them reading.