Reading and literacy can have a profound effect on your children’s intelligence and sense of self, from helping to expand their vocabulary, to improving their speech skills, to engaging their creativity. The good news is that you can promote literacy with your child at any age!

Reading Aloud

For your littlest ones, reading independently may not be an option. However, reading aloud has been proven to have a huge impact on the way that your child processes information, develops visual imagery skills, and processes information! Setting aside 30 minutes a day to read aloud to your child, or even playing an audiobook in the car, can help promote literacy even in children under 5-years-old!

Family Reading Time

Many children who grow up to be avid readers spent their childhood with role models who promoted reading. Setting aside some time to read together as a family, whether separately or aloud to your children, helps incorporate literacy as a daily habit rather than homework or a chore!

Open a Library Account

Once your child is old enough, opening a library account and giving them their own library card is a great way to promote literacy! This way, your child can engage with the types of reading they enjoy most, and your family can take daytrips to the local library to pick up their new favorites!

Offer Different Options

Not every child will enjoy reading to the same extent, but offering different options means that you’re sure to find something that peaks your child’s interest! Audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and magazines are a great way to help promote literacy with your child and cater to their unique learning needs.

Literacy and reading are massively important for your child’s cognitive and language development, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun for them! Promoting literacy can also mean finding new and creative ways to engage your child with reading and speaking and learning – find out what works best for you and your family!

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