Easy literacy skills: 7 tips to help parents of early readers

Promoting language skills is not an easy task for any parent. There is Suzy looking at the board book she was holding. Her mom is in the kitchen preparing dinner and the television is turned on. All Suzy is waiting to do, at 6 months old, is hold the board book full of pictures and put it in her mouth.

Many busy parents may believe that children will eventually learn to read when they get to school. Even busy parents believe that an infant can’t understand. No matter how busy, bilingual parents undermine the learning capacity of their child. But many parents don’t realize that literacy can start at a very young age. And it starts at home.

Parents and caregivers should start to read to babies as early as 6 months, especially a foreign language. The benefits of starting to learn a second language opens so many opportunities. Reading together helps to build communication between parent and child. Also, early reading helps to build literacy skills. Here are some easy literacy skills to help parents encourage reading at home at an early age:

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Easy Literacy Skills to Encourage Reading

1. Board books

These simple to read picture books are a great way to learn new words especially the alphabet. Some board books are designed for little hands.

2. Soft board books

These reading tools are often designed for bath time. And they are a great, fun way to promote vocabulary. Who can resist bubbles while looking at some favorite characters?

3. Road signs

These are easy literacy skills to promote everyday words and the surroundings among us. It is also a great way to teach children about safety.

4. Cereal boxes

This is another excellent way to teach about letter recognition. Find empty cereal boxes and look for the first letter of the child’s name.

For additional fun, parents can cut out the letters while the child can sort them out. This is an easy way to start to recognize letters and practice phoneme awareness.

5. Magnetic alphabet letters

This is a fun way to learn the alphabet, identify the letters in a child’s name, and increase letter recognition.

These are easy literacy skills for parents who may be busy cooking dinner or washing dishes while children play with the magnetic letters on the fridge door.

6. Special book bag

Select a favorite bag and insert small books, coloring books, crayons, reward stickers, and other reading incentives.

This is a great way when parents are waiting in line at the doctor’s office, in the car on long road trips, or while parents are on the phone or cooking.

7. Poems and rhyming books

Parents sometimes overlook these books. But poems provide so much information for children. From phonetics to phoneme awareness, children can learn to identify word sounds and understand the connection between words and letters.

Literacy is not only a gateway to learning about the world. But it can also foster the adoration for reading fun and exciting books. And reading together is an excellent way to build the communication between each other.

Which of these reading tips are great ways to nourish literacy in your home? 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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