Building a Love of Literacy
Your baby can hear sounds as early as 20 weeks gestation and can recognize your voice and words by 30 weeks, so why not share the love of literacy from the very start?
Make reading and rhyming routine Talking, singing, reading and playing are all ways to foster love and attachment with your child and have the added benefit of developing the foundations for learning. When that sweet little baby is born, start a routine and add reading and rhyme to everyday activities. Repeating the same rhyme with each diaper change or pulling out a board book while waiting at one of many doctors’ visits are simple ways to weave literacy into things you’re already doing. As your baby grows with each new milestone, you’ll be growing that love of literacy simultaneously. Use that same board book when waiting in line at the grocery store and talk about the different shapes and sizes of clothing as you wash and fold your laundry. Turn your everyday routines and chores into rich learning opportunities.
Quality words count Research has proven that your child needs to hear many quality words before the age of three to be successful in school. But, what is that number and what does that mean? Two thousand quality words an hour is the answer. Words should be thoughtful and positive, offering a wide range of vocabulary. We also know that your child’s brain is more receptive to the power of these words when they come from a family member or caregiver while making eye contact. The relationship and connections behind the words shared with baby naturally build a love of literacy.
The most important thing to remember is that it is never too late to start. Giving your child your full attention, love and positive words will give them the opportunity to be the very best that they can be. For more literacy tips for parents, professionals and children of all ages, visit our website, thisisliteracy.ca