Help grow literacy – start in your home

By Drum Digital
29 July 2014

Whether working, studying, organising our lives or simply making a grocery list, we use reading and writing skills every day. Some of us are even lucky enough to find the time to read for relaxation. Here are some great ideas from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign to improve literacy in your home.

Whether working, studying, organising our lives or simply making a grocery list, we use reading and writing skills every day. Some of us are even lucky enough to find the time to read for relaxation. Here are some great ideas from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign to improve literacy in your home.

  • Read with your children. Let them choose a number of their favourite stories and read these together. When your children are older you can also read chapters of a good novel together.
  • Tell your children about the stories and books you loved when you were a child and talk about their favourite books too.
  • Chat with your children about the things you wouldn’t be able do if there was no reading or writing in your lives.
  • Visit a bookshop or library together and spend time browsing.
  • Get together with friends and their children and spend time reading to each other – adults to children, children to children, and adults to adults – and talk about books and stories.
  • Read a story to someone you don’t usually read to! Try reading stories at an old-age home or children’s home.
  • Sort through your children’s bookshelf and let them each choose one book to donate to a reading club, a school library or an organisation that donates books to children. Go to nalibali.org to find a reading club near you where you could drop off your book donation.
  • Register with the Nal’ibali network to show your support for using the power of stories to inspire children to want to read and write.

These tips were provided courtesy of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign – aimed at sparking children’s potential through reading and storytelling. For more information, reading tips and story ideas to share with your children or reading clubs, go to nalibali.org,  or find Nal’ibali on Facebook or Twitter.

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