Six great tips to get your kids reading and writing

By admin
06 May 2014

Young children find it easier to learn to read and write when they have fun while doing so. It also helps when parents explain to them that these are useful skills they need. Here’s some practical advice for helping your little one develop a love for the written word.

Tell stories

Tell stories to stimulate your children’s imagination and develop their language. Listen to their stories too, and show your appreciation. Once children realise stories are also found in books, they start wanting to read for themselves.

Read together

Just 10 minutes a day with a good storybook can make a big difference. Good readers in class are often the ones who read with family and friends after school.

Be encouraging

Value early reading and writing attempts just like you valued your baby’s first words! Young children are only just beginning to read and write and they need lots of support to develop their confidence. Listen to their pretend reading, and pretend to read what they have written. They need to behave like readers and writers to become readers and writers.

Write and read

Allow your child to see you go about your daily activities that involve reading and writing. Let them watch you writing shopping lists and letters, and reading timetables, letters and newspapers.

Use your home language

First stories should be in children’s home languages. A strong foundation in a child’s home language is the basis for all successful learning, because to learn well we need to understand well. When children know their home language well, they can learn other languages (as well as reading and writing) more easily.

Get books

Books are expensive to buy, so join a library – and use it! The librarians are there to help you.

  • These tips are courtesy of the Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign. For more information on reading to children as well as how to read to children of different ages, go to nalibali.org

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