JMJ9 *Ever wonder what they do in an early elementary classroom to promote reading literacy? Do the same in your own home, to encourage the lifelong love of reading. As a former school readiness language development program director, as well as teacher from grades preK to grade 2, I will share numerous effective strategies which I used in my own classroom, that will help your young child develop an enthusiastic attitude toward reading.
Ring the School Bell 9/180 days
Today was a whirlwind of hecticness, filled with non-school related must-be-dones. Neglected chores were calling. I decided to accept the fact that it was going to be a crazy day.
Luckily, the students in this schoolhouse, my own kids, hardly noticed my stress levels, as they plowed through their lesson planners, needing help here and there from me. When I can explain a concept to one of my daughters and they get it, I get such a feeling of satisfaction. It takes me back to my classroom teacher days.
Most times, at home, I am more of a facilitator of knowledge, and so it is real special when I can be a tutor to my kids. They are older now, and don’t need me as much. And so today, I alternated between a laundry list of personal chores and helping the girls with their academics. It turned out to be a long day, but a good one.
How to help your little one build literacy skills part 2
Ever wonder what they do in an early elementary classroom to promote reading literacy? Do the same in your own home, to encourage the lifelong love of reading. As a former school readiness language development program director, as well as teacher from grades preK to grade 2, I will share numerous effective strategies which I used in my own classroom, that will help your young child develop an enthusiastic attitude toward reading.
Yesterday’s post discussed how to encourage reading literacy in the home, starting at a very young age, part 1.
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Here are some of my classroom-tested ideas to promote literacy:
- Find a special place to put books, a place accessible to all family members. Shows that books deserve a special place in your home. A place to comfortably sit would also add value. In the classroom, we would always have a cozy corner to plop down and read books, perhaps with a stuffed teddy. This area was used as a reward when work was finished, as well as a station that was always available during free time.
- Allow your children to “read” to you, before they actually know how to read. In other words, don’t discourage storytelling. For the longest time, Sarah, one of my daughters, would read the first word or so of a sentence, then embellish it with what she thought the rest of the sentence “should” say. She was using her imagination. I chose not to over-correct her. I didn’t want her to feel that reading was a task, but rather something pleasurable. I was careful in correcting her, and this eventually increased her confidence and desire in reading.
- Ask a lot of questions while you are reading books aloud. “What do you think will happen next?” “How do you think the character feels?” “What would you do in so-and-so’s situation?” Build the intrigue in books, and the passion for reading will be born.
- Take dictation to encourage early literacy. After a field trip to the zoo, for example, ask your child what they did and write it down. Then go back and read it together. Since they dictated it to you, chances are they can read it back from memory. Of course, they are not sounding out the words, but they are getting an idea of what reading is all about.
- Model reading to your children throughout the day.
- Stock and read rhyming books such as Dr. Seuss. The students will, most likely, learn to memorize these before they can actually read them, another important skill.
- Stock many colorful alphabet books.
- Keep it interactive. Sing songs, memorize them, write the lyrics down, and “read” them. A wonderful resource is Heidi Songs, which uses sing-a-long songs combined with movement, that promote reading skills. My nephew started learning with these at age 3, and loves it! https://www.heidisongs.com/
A passion for reading is something that can be developed right in your own home, by participating in some of the above activities. Making reading an important part of your family’s life will produce lifelong readers, who look forward to learning through books. Promoting literacy activities can open a door that will never close, where the child can learn about the wonders of the world around them and the land of imagination.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette