Finding time after a work day to help your child with learning can be challenging. But building literacy skills as a family can be done in only 15 minutes a day! Children are exposed to a culture of lifelong learning and it helps families spend more quality time together.
Here are 10 ways to practice and build literacy skills at home—and they’re fun!
- Invite children to email their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins
Instead of Skyping, try writing! Younger children can dictate and you type, then read back to them.
- Make your kitchen part of your “reading zone”
Have fridge magnets available so children can start making words and short sentences.
- Go for a walk as a family and read the street signs
Think of a city or country that begins with the same first letter as the sign to further the learning.
- For long car rides, bring along books in various forms
Pack some favourite stories or explore audio books and e-books from your public library.
- Sing a song
Singing encourages learning patterns of words, rhymes and rhythms, and is strongly connected to language skills.
- Public libraries today are worlds to explore – try to visit regularly
Your local library has great resources – books, computer games, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers and digital resources. There are also terrific in-house programs such as reading circles for little ones and homework clubs for older children.
- Use games as learning tools
Board games or card games such as word bingo, Scrabble or memory cards can be a fun way to learn about words, letter sounds and reading.
- Talk about a story after reading it and ask questions
This will reinforce comprehension and memory skills and only takes a few minutes.
- Create scrapbooks with your children about their hobbies, vacations, etc.
Include photos with captions or short stories and recycle/upcycle scrap material you find around the house to decorate the book.
- Be a reading role model
When your kids see you reading, they will want to imitate you. It won’t be long until they learn that reading is fun, interesting and a “grown up” thing to do.