One of the most effective approaches to helping young children develop literacy skills is providing an environment at home that encourages reading and writing. While most research is aimed at literacy rich educational environments the same can be accomplished at home.
Some of the ways to create a literacy rich environment at home are:
- Read to your child daily.
- Designate an inviting area for reading.
- Provide developmentally appropriate books that appeal to your child.
- Use posters to create developmentally appropriate print at kid level.
- Label, label, label…and use pictures on your labels.
- Spark conversations about new words and environmental print.
- Provide reading experiences and games in addition to books.
For families that are looking for ways to provide reading experiences and games for their children Reading Eggs is a research based reading program developed by teachers and educational writers. Their program focuses on core reading curriculum and skills for children ages 3-12.
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Some of the things subscribers have had to say:
“My daughter Emma has struggled in reading and in just a few days working with Reading Eggs she went up an entire level!” Jennifer Billy
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