“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out” – Bill Gates
Promoting Early Literacy and Celebrating Family Literacy Day on Sunday January 27th, 2019
Wee College supports Early Learning. Engagement in literacy is within the walls of each Wee Campus. It starts with a child’s Wonder; we believe ‘why’ is the most important question you will ever ask
When the question ‘why’ gets asked, we encounter a moment of emotional wonder and immediately our imaginations and curiosity kick into gear – we become engaged in finding answers.
As learners, we naturally ask questions, make observations, and get excited when we explore new pathways to deeper understanding. For example, a child’s connection to their family, interest in stories, or curiosity towards a bird feasting at a feeder provide teachable moments that move learners from what they already know into an exploration of the unknown
The Wonder of Wee Literacy engagement (PLAY) lives and breathes through out our cleverly disguised classrooms
There are MANY initiatives, resources, and tips to help you continue to support a child’s wonder through literacy engagements. The links below will provide value, importance and useful practices and tips for you and your child.
P.S. – we asked you on Facebook what some of your favorite books for early literacy were (and we LOVE them).
Grab the list of great books for early literacy under our Parent Resources by clicking on the resource below.
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative founded by ABC Life Literacy Canada, in 1999, created to raise awareness for the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Family literacy programs focus on parents as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while at the same time strengthening the relationship between the family to encourage life-long learning.
The Moncton Public Library is a great place to promote literacy.
and offers a place to relax, learn, and explore with appropriate books, early literacy activities, music, and child-focused readings and play engagements.
The stats are alarming, cue the alarm bells.
“Over 30% of grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills” – Statistics Canada
WE can change this.
All the domains of a child’s development — physical, social-emotional, cognitive, language and literacy— are interrelated and interdependent.
The more limited a child’s experiences with language and literacy, the more likely he or she will have difficulty learning to read.
Let’s promote richer engagements to change this.
While your child’s first audible words (one of the best parenting moments ever, right?) only occur at around 12 months (Source), exposing your child to many different words from birth and beyond increases their vocabulary development.
When your child becomes a toddler and begins to learn more words and form sentences, AKA the ‘Language Explosion,’ taking turns to share experiences during conversations will help your child’s continued development during school (Source).
With school-age kids, something a lot of us experience is picky…readers.
You may have heard something like, “reading is boring” or “I don’t like to read.” Help your child discover books that match their interests. Try finding a new favorite book by theme. Better yet? Skip right to these must-read books for kids age-by-age.
Every activity throughout your day can be an opportunity to talk with your kids and build on their developing language skills.
…but what are literacy milestones for children?
Glad you asked.
While your child won’t have a strong vocabulary, they will be vocal with different sounds and expressions.
You’ll start to notice your child developing an interest in books. You’ll also see them able to sit longer with a book and hold it – not eat it. Their little fingers will want to explore pictures and flip the pages.
As your child begins to speak more often, they will start to fill in the blanks and recognize sentences and objects in books (Source)
|0-12 Months||12-18 Months||18-24 Months|
|Use rhymes and songs with movement and touch|
Get your child’s attention by pointing to and naming objects
Use block books or bath books with big pictures and colors
Cuddle as you read together
|Continue to use board books that have familiar objects pictured|
Place books within your child’s reach available for them.
Child interested in a book? Let them hold it as you read with them
|Ask your child questions about the books you’re reading|
Playing ‘I Spy’ and ‘Can You Find’ helps your child understand and learn different words and objects (Source)
Developing language skills doesn’t have to be through reading – active play is great too!
Look for books that use repetition to encourage learning long-term (Source)
What’s on your screen near your little ones?
We know children imitate behavior…and we don’t need to tell you that there is questionable content on TV and online.
Here’s the scoop:
Your child can imitate what they see on your screen between 6 and 14 months. Background or otherwise, excessive screen time can lead to language delays, affect cognitive development – especially memory, and early reading and math skills in children (Source).
We don’t want that.
You don’t want that.
So how do you reduce screen-time to promote early literacy in kids?
Our biggest recommendation is to have a family media-free hour (daily) or media-free night (weekly) to encourage positive interactions as a family.
Read a favorite board book and talk about your favorite pages, pictures, and characters. As they get older, you can choose a chapter book to talk about monthly!
Try a new board game or card game every week. Turn one of our lovely snowstorms into a great candle-lit experience! Inspired to try a DIY approach? Make your own game of charades or building towers using things found around the house (Tupperware, anyone?)
OK, quick warning: this starts out backwards, but hear us out.
Look online with your family to find a new recipe for everyone to try weekly or monthly. Try to find something that originates from a different country or uses new flavors. Your whole family can help prepare it. Your reward? Spending quality time with your kids learning about and enjoying something new.
Free language and speech programs for children from birth to pre-kindergarten in Moncton
Free fun and educational activities for parents and children ages 0-6 in Moncton
Full of resources on children with learning disabilities including readiness assessments, screening tools, creating a healthy learning environment for your kids, and great educational apps.
The Born to Read program offers a bag that includes a variety of children’s books for newborns and their parents to cherish.
Offers free literacy workshops and readings for families in Sackville.
A great resource in Downtown Moncton for books, puzzles, toys, tablet or computer use, and kids’ programming such as toddler time, story time, coloring, developing communication skills, and more. Check it out often!
How do you and your children promote literacy?
Looking for a new book for your child’s library? Remember to check out your list of Readers Choice Books for Early Literacy.