It has been demonstrated that fostering early literacy and language development in your preschooler will provide them with the tools they need to be lifelong learners. Their ability to communicate, observe, and empathize with others will all be enhanced thanks to literacy and language, which have numerous positive effects on their personal development. You may provide your child with tools that will be useful once they start kindergarten or primary school by improving even their most fundamental literacy abilities. This will position them for future success in both the academic and non-academic worlds. Developing your child’s literacy and language skills can begin at home, and there are many chances for you to spend quality time with your child while doing so. The following three language and literacy exercises can be done at home with a preschooler.
1. Read continuously.
Picking up any book and reading is the simplest way to promote early literacy. Your child’s development is impacted by reading and storytelling in a variety of ways, including by fostering their imagination and creativity, fostering their ability to concentrate and communicate, and improving their emotional literacy and capacity for empathy. Any age can begin reading, but the earlier the better! Manuals, picture books, product labels, and even street signs are all excellent ways for your child to hone their language and pronunciation abilities while being exposed to the range of texts in the world. Storybooks don’t have to be the only thing they read. It can be a sign that your preschooler is beginning to love reading if they gravitate toward a particular book and want to read it repeatedly. It has been demonstrated that reading the same book again also improves phonics, comprehension, and alphabet recognition.
2. Make phonics a part of your daily activities.
Giving your child a head start in language and literacy by teaching them how to “sound out” words is one of the finest methods to use phonics. Your preschooler can feel comfortable even when they come across new or unfamiliar words if they have strong phonological awareness. Make phonics a part of your daily routine to keep your child engaged. If you walk by a street sign, sound out the letters, go on word-finding “scavenger hunts” in magazines or newspapers, or put magnetic letters in a sensory bin and get your child to pull them out to match a word you’ve written down.
3. Write as frequently as you can.
Your youngster will undoubtedly make a mess of scribbles the first time they take up a pen or pencil to write, which only they seem to be able to make sense of. But this is a good beginning! In addition to helping your child develop their fine motor skills and muscle strength so that they are prepared for kindergarten and primary school, writing is a significant literacy and language milestone for preschoolers. Encourage your preschooler to explain what they are trying to write or draw in order to incorporate other language-strengthening activities. Those scrawls are nevertheless evidence that your child is attempting to utilize higher-order thinking skills to communicate with you, even though adults might only be able to make out an unintelligible mess. Simple creative writing assignments might help your child concentrate on syntax or story building as their reading skills advance.
SCC can help your youngster reach their greatest potential.
At Singapore Coding Club, we are aware of how important it is to develop good reading and writing abilities early on. Because of this, our PreSchool curriculum includes the early literacy modules. Our toddlers participate in a variety of holistic and engaging activities that are paired with our technique naturally to increase their interest in reading and enhance the fundamentals of literacy. Are you curious to learn more about our programs? Visit the center to learn more about how SCC may assist your child in realizing their greatest potential.