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Tips For Parents on Helping Their Young Children to Develop Early Literacy Skills. Victoria Cochrane Literacy Adviser IST 2010.

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1 Tips For Parents on Helping Their Young Children to Develop Early Literacy Skills. Victoria Cochrane Literacy Adviser IST 2010

2  Talk, talk, talk and don’t stop talking!  Babies and toddlers understand and develop language from an early age.  Talk with and interact with your young children as much as possible through the day. This means actual conversations, not just giving instructions!  Having conversations will help your children to become better listeners.  Developing a large vocabulary early will help your child to comprehend and make meaning from texts much more effectively.

3  Sing songs, nursery rhymes, chants and finger plays.  Play oral language games such as I spy.  Walk around the block and talk about all the things you can see. Describe their size, shape, colour and what they are used for/do.  Teach your child the names of objects and what they are for. Make associations with things they go together with, e.g. Knife, fork; bowl, spoon; bed, sheets etc.  Read the signs you see everywhere.  Cut out pictures of animals and other interesting things and make a scrapbook for reading and talking about.

4  Reading to children from infancy is an excellent way to develop language and vocabulary acquisition.  The basics of learning to read are talking, listening, reading and writing.  Sharing books together promotes bonding between adults and children.  Reading books everyday will help to develop a love of books and reading, familiarity with book language and introduce them to the concepts of print.

5  Go to the library.  Make a reading corner in your home where familiar and loved books are always accessible.  Model reading behaviour to your children- they are more likely to want to read if they see you enjoying it.  Have available a wide range of printed material to read: pictures and captions, children’s magazines, comics, novels, picture books, catalogues etc.

6  Children learn by building on what they know already.  Build your child’s prior knowledge by giving them a wide range of authentic experiences.  For example: Take them shopping and let them help put the groceries in the trolley and unpack them at home; walk the dog together; teach them how to wash the car or plant a vegetable garden; take them to the zoo or wildlife park. Take photos so they can remember and talk about their experiences.

7  Children need well developed motor and manipulative skills when reading and writing.  Toddlers and preschool children need plenty of practice learning to manipulate tools and objects before they start formal schooling.  Allow children to explore their world through play and hands-on experiences.  Give your children access to a wide range of manipulative materials.  Allow them to get dirty!

8 ◦ Painting, cutting (supervised), pasting, playdough, finger paint, sand play, climbing, drawing, running, jumping, looking at books, doing puzzles etc. are essential. They help to develop hand/eye coordination that is necessary for children to be able to learn to read and write.

9  Read a recipe and cook together. Cooking uses and develops many literate and numerate behaviours.  Read the T.V. Guide together to decide what to watch.  Look in the Best and Less or K-Mart catalogue to choose a new outfit or a present for someone.  Write a letter to Nan thanking her for the birthday present.  Write a note for Dad’s lunch box.  Check the newspaper to see what movies are on.  Make a special photo album and write captions to describe what was happening.

10 Let go and try not to molly-coddle! The more independent your child is, the easier the transition from home to school will be. Teach your child to be resilient by:  Encouraging independent problem solving;  Allowing children to make mistakes and teach them that it is OK to do so;  Teaching your children that all actions have consequences.  Teaching socially acceptable behaviour and give opportunities for them to socialise with other children.  Teaching them to share and take turns.

11  Early intervention is the key. Listen to your intuition!  Seek help early if you feel your child is not developing normally, such as in speech or language.  Consult a GP and ask for a referral to a paediatrician.  Seek the help of a speech or occupational therapist.  Speak to your local school-they may be able to give advice and/or assistance  Enrol your child in child care or early learning one or two days a week.


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