Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z
Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it's delivered.
Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them.
Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life.
G is for .... Games!
One of the best ways for children to learn is through play. Games are a great way to introduce new topics and reinforce skills in a way that is fun, engaging and entertaining.
Thinking of learning as a game doesn’t make it any less valuable. Games are great for encouraging skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, determination and focus. Children who are ready to move on to the next level in a game are more likely to take on more challenging work in school.
Games to Play
Indoors or outdoors, game-based learning can teach children so many valuable skills and help build confidence.
- Simon Says
How well can your child follow instructions? Test it out with this fun game based on silly instructions.
- Play Pretend
Acting out daily routines in a game-based way helps children understand the “why” of behaviors. Play a game of grocery store in the kitchen, or library with books at home.
- Board Games
Older children are more likely to sit through simple board games. Bring out a game and make up your own rules, or modify as necessary. Play in teams for a fun, family night in.
From a young age, children are learning how things work and where things fit. Start with large piece puzzles and go smaller as your children grows. Puzzles encourage focus and determination as many attempts have to happen to find the right fit.
H is for .... Helpers!
Young children love to be involved in all sorts of activities going on around them. Whether at home or out and about, finding a way for young children to help with daily chores and activities helps them understand their role in the family unit and in the larger world around them.
Activities will vary depending on the age of your child. They can typically start helping once they are walking steady on their feet. Start with easy projects and expect a mess in this process, children learn best from their mistakes.
Hand out a small dustpan and brush and give them a small space to sweep.
- Watering plants
Position plants at a level for the child to easily reach.
- Clearing the table
Make sure they know where to put their dirty plates and cups when they finish eating.
Clearly label bins so that children know where to put their toys, games and clothes.
Books to Share
For inspiration, ideas or just reinforcement, these books will help you plan your games and activities for you and your child.