Parents can promote early literacy with their children by using fun games and simple activities even before they start school.
To give us tips and tricks to help prepare children for learning to read and write, we have brought Amy from Teachmama.com on board to share a 4-week early literacy series.
Amy, creator of teachmama.com, is a Reading Specialist, Literacy Consultant, and freelance writer. She’s passionate about helping parents learn how to teach their children to read and write. Amy shares her insight as a teacher and mother to help us all discover more about promoting early literacy.
Whether we’re homeschooling our children, sending them off each morning to attend school, or working with our little ones to get them ready for kindergarten, all of us want to help encourage our children as they learn and grow.
We teach our babies to eat, smile, and trust us. We teach our toddlers to talk, walk, and (okay, eventually) sleep on their own. We teach our kids to communicate effectively with others, we teach them manners, and we teach them to go off to preschool or daycare with confidence.
But I have found that many parents want to do more to support their children’s learning, and I think if parents knew what to do, they would do it. One of the best ways for parents to make a positive impact on their children’s education is learning a few strategies to promote early literacy.
We put a lot of trust into our children’s teachers, but there’s also a ton of really easy, meaningful, and sneaky ways that parents can enhance their own children’s education at home in the form of games and play. With the right support, parents really can be fantastic teachers for their children, yielding a stronger school-ready foundation for their little ones and a little more intentional family time together.
What I do at my home–and what I share at teachmama.com–reflects some of the ways that I try to sneak in a little bit of learning every day for my three children, ages 6, 4, and 3. Believe me, I’m far from a perfect parent; I pray every day for patience and strength, and there are many days when our learning falls to the wayside, and I yearn for an hour commute to anywhere.
But as a former high school English teacher and now a certified K-12 Reading Specialist, I know there are really easy ways of preparing my kiddos for school—-or enhancing their learning at school–that sometimes takes all of five minutes of our day. And most times, my kids don’t even realize they’re learning.
For example, parents can play simple DIY educational games such as creating an ABC Hunt Game that helps children learn the names and sounds of alphabet letters.
I’m excited to be on board with 5 Minutes for Mom.com and to be able to share some of these “teacher tricks” with the incredible community of readers here.
I will be writing about what I’m doing—and what other parents can do—to better prepare their children for school.
Over the next four weeks, I’ll be cover many literacy tips and strategies for oral language, concepts of print, phonics, and phonemic awareness. And I’ll introduce terms you’ll need to know to decode teacher jargon and to understand report cards.
Read The Complete 4-Week Early Literacy Series
UPDATE: Now that this series about “How Parents Can Promote Early Literacy” is complete, you can find all four posts here…
- ABC, Easy as 123 – How Parents Can Promote Early Literacy
- Teaching Sounds and Syllables using Names
- Celebrating Names: Play With Letters
- How To Teach A Child To Write Their Name
Discover More Ways to Support Your Child’s Education
During the years since Amy shared this early literacy series with us here at 5 Minutes for Mom, we’ve continued publishing more resources to help parents support their children’s education.
In the following blog posts, you’ll learn more about how to help your children improve their literacy skills…
- 7 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids
- Free Printable Play-Doh Mats for Learning
- Your Kids Will Love Learning to Read with Homer
- What Parents Should Know About Dyslexia