3 Vital Tools for Literacy Development of Your Kids
Kids grow up really fast. You have to keep an eye on all their needs. Most specifically, when it comes to the literacy development of your children, you have to know exactly what is important for them.
There are 3 essential tools that you must use in addition to any other activity you may choose while developing literacy skills of your children.
Let’s have a look at these 3 things and find out how they benefit your kids!
1. Two Way Communications
Communication has always been an important tool. In children, it works in the most unique ways. The cognitive abilities of your children improve when you constantly communicate with them. For babies, you can imitate the baby sounds they make, give them facial expression so they can understand the message that you are trying to get across using cues other than language.
Keep talking to your child as much as you can. As you speak use common words so they can begin to catch them easily and soon you will notice them using those words themselves! No matter how incoherently they may do it, they will still try and that’s all that matters.
This tool increases the vocabulary of your children from an early age. They can begin to recognize the sounds of many words that were previously unknown to them. It also increases their critical thinking skills. Kids can follow the story you are reading to them and wonder about how it was going to end or whether the central character of the story will be successful in his endeavors.
It also helps in improving their imagination. While you read and show them the images in the books, they can easily visualize characters, places, and things. In addition, stories have morals, life lessons and consequences of actions of children. Take for example the story of Pinocchio! The more he lied the longer his nose grew! Your children will think twice before lying to you after you read them this one!
This is the third vital tool for good literacy development of your kids.
Rhymes can help kids pick up a lot of literacy skills and that too in a fun manner. Rhyming songs bring music into your child’s life. The rhymes used in the verses make more sense to them as the similar sounds stand out to them much more easily than others. Rhymes are also easier to memorize.
Even if your children do not understand the meaning of several words, they will be able to memorize these. A constant repetition will make their pronunciation clearer and they will soon be able to guess the meanings of most words just by singing a rhyme and following its actions! For instance, if you sing to them, ‘If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!’ and clap simultaneously they will be able to get the meaning of the word clap instantly!
The literacy development of your children needs to always come first. Use these tools to give them a head start in life so they can be on top of all the learning they have to do later!