Unlock Your Child's Imagination Through Early Literacy! | USA!
How many minutes a day do you spend reading to your little one? This is an important question we need to constantly ask ourselves. While we may not think it’s a big deal, reading books to kids during their preschool years is essential in their educational development. Not only that, but reading to a child as early as birth will help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning and that is something we should encourage for every child. Early literacy is the foundation on which every other core subject will be built upon. Studies have shown that if children don’t have a solid reading foundation by the time they reach third grade, they will have a difficult time catching up to their fellow classmates. This will cause them to struggle for the rest of their lives. If you want to prevent that and you wish for your child to do well in school, proficiency in reading and writing are a must. Whether you have 5 minutes or 30 of spare time, use it to connect to your child. It can be tough finding a good place to start, but by doing the five practices (talk, sing, read, write, play), you will be on the right track to preparing your little one for kindergarten. It’s easy to get lazy and not put too much emphasis and effort on what you believe will be taught when they begin school. However, you need to think about how beneficial this time together could be for your child. Never mind the benefits it will have on their vocabulary and kindergarten readiness, you and your child will also have a stronger relationship because of it. In my family, we place a high regard on early literacy. Just recently, I was video chatting with my dear cousin and her two year old daughter. While we were chatting, I watched as she read a story to her little girl and asked questions about what was on each page. In order to be fully prepared for kindergarten, children need to have the ability to think about what they are reading and seeing. I can’t even tell you how many people I meet at events for my book who tell me their child can’t read yet and they’re almost of school age. It baffles me how some parents regard reading as a chore. It shouldn’t be something done because it has to be done. It needs to be something that is done because it is wanted. If your child doesn’t like to sit still for a story, that’s okay. There are still ways to encourage a love for books and learning. Even if they would rather run around the room and play, continue reading the story to them and they will see that reading is something that is important without feeling like it is an obligation. It doesn’t matter whether you like to read or not. By doing something as simple as disguising your daily social media scroll behind a book, you are showing your kiddo that reading can be fun. Sure, it can seem a little deceptive, but come on. You can’t tell me you’ve never tried to do something sneaky behind your kiddos back. I understand that life can get pretty hectic and all these different rules and suggestions for parents by educational and developmental organizations can make you feel overwhelmed. That is why I take the time to write these articles for you every week. To show you that it isn’t as complicated as it seems. Take 5 minutes out of your crazy schedule whether it be just before bed or breaks between other obligations and read a story with your child. It may not seem like a big deal, but your child will thank you down the road. Trust me.