Everyday Literacy Tips
- Have a conversation with your child about things that are happening in your community or in the news. Ask her questions and encourage them to tell you their ideas, thoughts and opinions on what’s happening.
- As your child gets older, continue the tradition of bedtime stories in a different way. Ask him for suggestions about what books to read at night. Discuss these stories, asking him to predict what will happen next or to summarize what has happened in the story so far.
- Encourage your child to read aloud at home. Reading aloud helps children learn to read with expression and understanding. Your child can share these stories with you, their siblings or grandparents. If she makes a mistake while reading, be patient and help her understand the error if you are able.
- Create a cozy "reading space" in your home. Your child could help you design this cozy area where he can read peacefully and comfortably.
- Get caught reading! Children need to see adults reading in order to understand its importance. Read newspapers, books, magazines, as well as content on computers, tablets and smart phones. Talk to your child about what you read. Keep appropriate reading materials out and available.
- Have your child create a "reading on the run" bag full of reading materials like books, comics, or magazines. Also include crayons, pencils, pens and paper. Keep this bag handy to take on road trips, shopping trips, or any other on-the-run moments!
- Help your child recognize commonly used words. When you are on the road, make a game out of it and make various common street signs worth a point. Have her call out the sight word and keep score. Bonus points if your child can identify a sign in another language!
- Engage your child's reading skills through household chores. On shopping day, have your child write the grocery list and find the items using the store's signs. Ask him to read product labels — you can also take this opportunity to encourage healthy eating!
- Play with word endings. Choose an action word, like “walk.” Then ask your child to add "ing" to the word and act it out. As she acts out the word, she should say the new word. Play alone with your child or with a group. If a player doesn't call out the word, she sits down. The last one standing wins!