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Amazing Literacy Activities for Preschoolers or Kindergarten Students

Literacy is an essential life skill and can be seen as the first step in a child’s education. Learning to read and write must begin as soon as possible, since when children are exposed to these things earlier in life, they find it easier to learn. Thus, preschool is an important time for parents and teachers to emphasise on literacy. While children read and write in school, there are efforts that parents must take at home to keep the child in touch with communication methods all day long. Using fun activities such as games, parent-child bonding activities and engaging them with literacy in a way that they enjoy is crucial in this process. Here are four simple but fun and effective literacy activities that parents can employ for preschoolers learning to read and write: 

Reading to your child

Reading to your child

 

The best way to literacy is through reading and this stands true even for young children. When preschoolers are beginning to learn to read and write, it is important for parents to emphasise on reading and to make it a part of everyday routine. Reading to your child exposes them to various basic concepts like letters, words and sentences and helps them grasp the written word easily. Furthermore, reading together can be a great opportunity for spending quality time with your child. Having a designated reading time can also bring regularity and consistency in the child’s literacy journey and thus ensure that they do not fall behind. 

Listening to stories

All children love stories and thus, this is one of the simplest and most enjoyable literacy activities. Through stories, children are able to focus on words and sentences and identify sounds and pronunciations well. They are also introduced to a wide vocabulary and different grammatical compositions through stories. Narrating stories to children has also been proven to spark their imagination and encourage creativity, which is an added benefit. Thus, while listening to stories might seem like a simple hobby, it can actually contribute significantly in them becoming literate. 

Looking at picture books

Looking at picture books

Picture books are a wonderful tool in the process of learning to read and write. Since picture books contain mainly attractive and colourful pictures and less text, children can enjoy looking through them without getting bored or demotivated. Furthermore, the text in the picture book is generally easy to read words that are grouped together to provide context or might be rhyming. All this makes it easier for children to read. Since picture books provide a direct connection between the pictures and the words, they equip children with the ability to make associations between the written word and images. 

Beading with letter beads

Beading with letter beads

Letter beads can be another fun and easy to use tool in teaching children to be literate. Firstly, as an activity, making things by putting beads together is a fun game which children enjoy. This means that through letter beads, children can keep learning even during play time. Beading requires focus and attention and so, through beading with letter beads, children are made to pay close attention to letters and learn to identify and differentiate between them. Furthermore, they can also be encouraged to make words and even sentences through this game. 

 

Conclusion

 

Learning to read and write is the first and most important step in a child’s education. Without gaining literacy, no one can participate fully in society. However, becoming literate is a complex process that can seem very difficult to children. Thus, parents must do all they can to encourage their child as they learn to read and write. By reading to them regularly, telling them stories, playing with letter beads and looking through picture books, parents can not only spend quality time with their kids, but also help strengthen their grasp on literacy concepts.