(𝕁𝕂- 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 ℝ𝔼𝔸𝔻 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕞!)
that was click bait-ey … but hear me out!
Have you ever seen a commercial or ad offering a system to “teach a baby to read!”?
I would have to imagine that anyone who has … may have rolled their eyes at the idea … thought to themselves “when would I have time for that!” … or due to the typical high cost of these programs- overlooked the idea due to general inaccessibility from price.
I myself had a mix of all 3 of those reactions the 1st time I saw these advertisements- & that … + my LOVE of reading + March being Read Across America month – as well as the celebration of the infamous Dr. Seuss’s birthday … is what has inspired this post!
In the spirit of the month long celebration of LITERACY this will be a 4 part series…
Teach a Child to Read in 1 Easy Step! JK Just READ with them!
Read & Write: Literacy for Life!
5 Developmental Domains to teach LITERACY!
Play is the Work of the Child – LITERACY
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An important premise of the Mindset Movement Caregiving approach 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜𝟙𝟘𝕗𝕠𝕝𝕕 stands for is the following:
Literacy is a vast & impactful world for children & adults alike.
When working with young children – caregivers are able to invest their thoughts & time towards:
- Preparing & maintaining appropriate care environments,
- Organizing, up keeping, & presenting a variety of materials & manipulatives,
- Engaging an appropriate balance of adult intervention & child led exploration.
There is a book, a song, a lesson, an art project, & 100 parents & teachers on social media who are willing to share advice & ideas for FREE.
So the message of ℙ𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝟙 in this month long Literacy thought series is simply to get busy reading with children! (AKA – Do not overcomplicate starting to “Teach Your Baby to Read!”)
Start by finding enjoyable content for yourself to consume, & then find engaging content to share with the children you interact with!
How do you start a print & language rich habit, home, & world view approach?
You START ON PAGE 1!
Let me sum it up with a list of a few of my favorite literacy lesson takeaways for children!
- “When you learn how to read you can find out about anything you can think of!”
- ”When you learn how to write you can tell any story that you can think of!”
- ”Practice makes progress, progress leads to perfection!”
- Ask “teach me” instead of saying “I can’t”
The look on the face of a child who has stepped outside of their comfort zone with a challenging task is priceless.
Remember- language and literacy development are LEARNED skills!
Be patient – be a good model – practice, progress & praise!