Parents are the most important people in a child’s life. Did you know that a Kindergarten Aged Child’s brain is not developed enough for them to feel proud of themselves, without some feedback from a parent? That’s why you hear a lot of “Look at me Mommy!!!!” called out by children on a playground. When they do something new, they need feedback to feel proud. They cannot do it by themselves. This is part of brain development. Child Psychologists call this “Ego-Centric”.
That’s a lot of power over the brain of a young learner. Teachers can take that role in a child’s life in the classroom because parents are not present. But it’s never as strong a connection as the parent-child relationship. There’s a lot a parent can do to help their children become good readers, and it’s not a lot of work, or very difficult.
I’m starting a series of blog posts today on how parents can help their children learn to read. This is called Literacy at Home.
Parents use text every day for a lot of different reasons. In our electronically influenced world most text we see is on a computer or smart phone screen. But this should not diminish the fact that you need to be able to read, and write, to use them.
Children are built to learn, and one of their best tools for learning is observation. Children watch their parents very closely all the time. They use their parents as models to show them how to do things in life. This means that parents can be powerful teachers of what is important in life. Parents who show their children that reading is important are the best teachers of literacy at home. Because children are unable to know what is important by themselves, they look to their parents to show them what is important. Parents who display literate behaviour, show their children that literacy is very important.
Children can watch their parent using text every day. Some examples of reading include newspapers, magazines, recipe books, novels, and, of course tablets, computers, and smart phones. Examples of writing include personal letters, notes to others, shopping lists, to do lists, and cheques.
It’s easy to model Literacy at Home, and parents do this every day. Remember that the more your child observes you reading and writing, the more likely they are to think that reading and writing are very important and this will make it easier for them to learn to read.
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