I created this blog to help parents connect with their kids through books and develop their children’s literacy skills. Reading with your child is simple and can lead to so many other activities to do together. In addition, a solid foundation of early literacy skills is key to reading success in elementary school and beyond. Below are 5 things I want to do to help you connect with your child through books and build their early literacy skills.
Recommend a variety of high quality children’s books
Reading with your child is one of the most important activities you can do with them. Aside from it being just plain fun, some of the benefits of reading to your kids are that it:
- exposes them to many more words than we use in daily conversation
- builds vocabulary
- introduces print concepts
- allows for practice with speaking and listening skills
- fosters use of imagination and creativity
- increases background knowledge
On this blog, I will recommend a variety of books for you to read with your children. You can build a home library through books that you purchase or ask for as gifts at holidays, birthdays, etc. Checking books out at the library is an excellent way to allow your child to read many different books and then purchase their favorites. There are even programs that will send books to your child for free, like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
Suggest engaging activities to go with children’s books
I have a very clear memory from when I was 6 or 7 of my mom making Thundercake with my sister and I during a thunderstorm one summer afternoon. We had read the story Thundercake by Patrica Polacco many times before and were familiar with the recipe at the end of the book. It was fun to talk about the story while baking and waiting out the thunderstorm. That book is still one of my favorites as an adult, and I always think about baking with my mom and sister when I read it.
I will suggest many different activities that you can do with your children that are based on and inspired from children’s books. These activities will vary and be based in cooking, art, literacy, math, science, pretend play, etc. Connecting an activity to books you read with your children will encourage a love for reading, create happy memories, and provide a way for your child to develop many skills.
Share easy-to-understand information about early literacy skills
The early literacy skills your child masters before Kindergarten will have a direct and tremendous impact on their future reading ability. There is a ton of information available about this topic, but it’s not always presented in a way that is easy to understand. As a former early childhood and elementary teacher, I will bring that information to you on this blog and break it down into manageable pieces.
Many parents might wonder: Where do I start? What, specifically, does my child need to know and be able to do before Kindergarten? Once you know and understand the “what” and “why” of early literacy skills, implementing activities to develop those skills will be a breeze! Teaching reading and pre-reading skills was one of my favorite parts of being a teacher. I am a stay-at-home-mom now, but if I ever go back to teaching, I would want to be a literacy specialist. I am excited to share what I know with you!
Provide activities that will develop your child’s literacy skills
I will provide activities and actionable steps that will enable you to develop your child’s literacy skills. These activities are simple, fun, engaging, and age-appropriate. Many pre-reading skills activities don’t feel like “learning” at all! It looks more like playing. For example, rhyming. You can introduce rhyming through songs and poems. You can practice by playing rhyming games. See? Fun! No boring worksheets here. 🙂
With this blog, you will be able to easily find several activities for any given skill. Then you can spend your valuable time sharing these activities with your kids instead of reinventing the wheel. You can be sure that your child will be prepared for the work of Kindergarten if they have mastered the skills and activities that I share.
Write a weekly blog post to help parents
Each week, I will write a blog post to help you find ways to connect with your child through books and develop their literacy skills. Reading to your child is easy and so important. If the only thing you take away from my blog is reading to your child daily, you will do a world of good for them! Add in a few of the activities to go along with the suggested stories and some of the literacy activities, and you’re setting your child on the path to being well prepared for kindergarten and becoming a book lover for life!
Check back each week to find new tips, activities, and information! As I mentioned earlier, I LOVE teaching reading. I have tons of ideas to share with you and can’t wait to hear about your experiences with your kids!
The purpose of my blog, Start With Storytime, is to encourage you and your child to find a love for reading. I want to guide you in giving your kids the best possible start in literacy. If you have any questions or are looking for help with something specific, leave a comment below!