4 easy literacy activities that help kids

Watching the child develop slowly in their vocabulary structure, creating and pronouncing increasingly complex sentences and expanding their ability to communicate with the world, is effectively a source of satisfaction and pride.

The Novos Estudentes blog from Grupo SEB (Sistema Educacional Brasileiro) explains how parents and guardians play an important role in children’s literacy. Below, learn about four activities that families can adopt in the literacy process. Follow!

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1. Create an environment of literacy

A literacy environment is one that encourages the child’s communication with the written material, where a variety of texts are used effectively for communication.

In the book The Psychogenesis of Retained Languages, the concept of “literacy environment” was extensively studied by Emilia Ferrero and Anna Tebrowski. They came to the conclusion that such an environment is very healthy for the development of the child and for the awareness of the importance of literature.

You can interact with writing materials that contribute to the development of reading and writing (books, magazines, newspapers, digital texts, games …) and provide experiences that challenge and motivate your child (shopping at the supermarket, visiting museums and Library, map …).

2. Encourage your child to read

A study conducted by the University of New York suggests that children whose parents read at least two books a week may have a 14% increase in vocabulary. In parallel, the child’s work memory increased by 27%. The study was conducted at Boa Vista (RR) in collaboration with Instituto Alfa e Beto and IDados.

Research has further indicated that children’s reading activity encourages great phonetic stimulation, which is essential for literacy. Cognitive stimulation also has benefits, that is, when you read to your child, you not only force them to acquire a larger vocabulary, but effectively stimulate the central aspects of cognitive development. Also, there is communication, affection and exchange of affection, which is essential for the baby to feel safe, welcome and loved.

You also create a two-way street reading: you read the little one, and he reads you (and with you). For example, when reading with your child, move his finger across the pages of the book and encourage him to say or read aloud the word being played.

Gradually he will develop the habit of reading and will be able to understand the level of need, pleasure and social work.

3. Show the importance of reading and writing in practice

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Children begin to recognize and reproduce the patterns of behavior that come into contact with them at home. Imagine a home where children see their parents constantly reading, interacting with books, magazines and newspapers. Of course, it will become part of the child’s cultural repertoire and there will be a huge tendency to reproduce itself in its behavior.

Be a role model for your child and allow them to see you reading newspapers, magazines, books, ebooks and websites. Also let him see you planning a variety of texts such as emails, reports, personal and familiar things.

Invite them to participate in the creation of written texts to understand the social functioning of writing, such as writing a list, creating a itinerary, writing a card for someone, engaging a child in the activity of writing names. Family members, family and classmates … these activities support the literacy process.

4. Use technology as an ally

Nowadays, technology is increasingly seen as an ally in the literacy process. Children have mobile phones, tablets and computers.

For Android and iOS, there are many apps that help you build the alphabetical base available for free.

Software, games, animation can help in the development of reading and writing books. You can also help your child do research on different websites as there are many different text resources available on the internet.

As you can see, there are countless possibilities for creating literacy activities at home by involving your child in a very creative environment. Want more tips for educating kids? Go to the new students blog and find out!

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