Celebrate National Reading Month, even with the little ones

Prima Toys encourages both parents and teachers to celebrate National Reading Month.
A young boy reading

Reading is a vital part of life. From an early age we read at school, we read as teenagers for entertainment and as adults we read to acquire knowledge and information and to be transported to new worlds by amazing characters.

But what about the little ones? Children who are not yet at school? Education and learning brand LeapFrog, continues to do research is the field of literacy and they have discovered that literacy skills begin to develop at birth and these skills need to be fostered.

While each child’s developmental journey has its own pace, as a parent you can encourage the progression of important skills through activities that are fun and engaging and chances are that you and your child already engage in some of these activities!

A father and daughter reading

Here are some fun ways that parents can encourage literacy skills in their children:

Sing the alphabet song. This will introduce your child to the alphabet and allows him/her to distinguish one letter from the next. LeapFrog has a number of toys, including the Lettersaurus- a dinosaur that sings the alphabet song- that encourage children to learn as they play.

Play with sounds by introducing nursery rhymes and sing-a-long games. Repetition is a wonderful way of learning about words, how they fit together and which words sound the same.

Go on a treasure hunt. Help your child search for items in your home that rhyme, or start with a certain sound.

Enjoy the rhythm of music. Clap or dance to the beat and even make up your own funny or non-sensical lyrics. Music provides plenty of natural opportunities for children to appreciate and manipulate the sounds of language.

Repeat the names of objects and teach colours. Increasing a child’s vocabulary helps him/her to better express themselves using words.

Introduce your child to words and reading in a fun way. Point to words on cereal boxes, milk cartons and other everyday objects that have writing on them. This will help your child identify and recognise everyday words such as “milk”. The LeapReader Junior for ages 1 to 3 years is a great way to introduce your child to different words.

A young girl with a  book

Whichever way you celebrate National Reading Month, ensure that your children have fun!

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