New parents who are hoping to give their children a top-notch education have probably heard the term “emergent literacy skills”. These literacy skills are the reading and writing skills that a child begins developing from birth until they can read and write conventionally. A child is not automatically born with these skills; they need help with literacy from a very early age so that they might build these emergent literacy skills as a foundation.
Children are not hardwired to naturally be able to learn literacy skills; these skills require work. There are many ways in which parents can help by teaching literacy skills as early as possible. It is much easier for a child to learn literacy skills while very young than it is for an older child or an adult.
About improving literacy skills
When teaching literacy skills to a small child, it is helpful to engage as many of the child’s sense as possible. You can find children’s books with helpful images, different textures that the child can touch, movable parts, sounds, and you should read the book aloud with the child. Encourage the child to read along with you, or read the book to you.
Sometimes children will memorise the story in the book, and will just be reciting memorized lines instead of reading. To be sure they understand the words, have the read a few pages backwards. This will help the child understand individual words and they will find it funny because the sentences will not make any sense.
Keeping a child stimulated, engaged, and practising is a great way to help with literacy. When teaching literacy skills, you should encourage the child to keep practicing in order to make their emergent literacy skills as strong as possible. These are skills that are going to be very beneficial to their future education.
If you or a family member have questions or concerns about improving literacy skills contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.