• elizabethmanthena

Early Years Literacy Development.

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Do you have a favourite memory of reading stories before bed when you were a child? I do! One of my favourites was 'Goldilocks and the three bears by: Robert Southey"my siblings and I would ask for it routinely every night, I'm sure my mother knew it by heart! The story of Goldilocks and the three bears teaches the story reader (or listener!) that you should never do a job in a hurry, without much thought or preparation otherwise the big bad wolf would surely get you! Not only does reading books with your children engage them in incredible adventures but it stimulates their imaginations and causes their love for books to grow. So I encourage you to add book reading and interacting into your child's daily routine.

Here are some tips on getting your child to participate in pre-school literacy skill development:

1. Teach your child about the job of an author and illustrator.

2. Teach them how to turn the pages as to not tear them.

3. Use your index finger to follow underneath the words as you read them.

4. Ask them to read the story to you using their imaginations and the pictures for reference.

5. Enjoy and celebrate books and encourage your child to respect them and care for them in a proper manner.

"You can find magic wherever you look,

sit back and relax... all you need is a book!" - Dr Suess

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