Words are all around us. In the words we say, and the words we see. Opportunities for rich conversation exist in so many places! Helping your child get ready to read doesn’t require a fancy lesson plan – all it takes is for you to know that language is a critical piece of early literacy from birth and use it. Read. Talk. Sing. Play. Every Day.
As a parent we know that you’re very busy! So if it’s impossible to carve out time every day to read five books, or thirty minutes before bed to practice tracing letters with templates you’ve carefully selected off Pinterest, let’s talk about the things you already do every day to support your child and how to infuse literacy more in those activities. And if after all that you can find the time for one more story – that’s great!
Think about your day. Do you talk to your son while he’s getting dressed? Do you ask about his day on the way home from work? Or sing to your baby girl at home? And let’s not forget the kernels of wisdom small children drop on parents over the dinner table. We cannot tell you enough how much your words matter! They make all the difference in the world.
Making Words Part of Your Day