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Top Tips for Helping Your Kids with their Literacy Skills

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Literacy skills are important in order to help students succeed academically. They will need to have strong reading, writing and analytical skills in order to do well in their future exams and coursework across many of their subjects. I have teamed up with a private nursery school in Surrey to offer parents some top tips to help them understand how best to support their youngsters’ literacy skills.

From Birth

First and foremost, parents should engage with their children as much as possible, from the minute they are born. Talk to them, read to them, and sing with them. Let them hear words in different contexts as much as possible and as early as possible. It’s never too early to introduce your child to books!

Learning To Talk

When your children are old enough to talk, always encourage them to tell you stories. They can be about their real-life experiences or made-up stories, just be sure to ask them lots of questions and encourage them to elaborate. The idea is to get them to use different adjectives and explore their vocabulary. Nursery rhymes are also a great option for little ones because they help them learn new words. 

Child reading book gaining literacy skills
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School Age

For older children you could play word games together, like Scrabble, to increase their vocabulary in a fun way. Start to encourage them to write down their stories, rather than say them out loud; you could even buy them a nice diary where they can write down their thoughts. Talk to them about current events and encourage them to read the news and stay up-to-date with everything that’s going on in the world. The more your kids learn about life outside of their little bubble, the richer their knowledge, and consequently, their vocabulary will become.

Parents should model the type of behaviour they hope to see from their kids. With that said, if you want your youngsters to be avid readers, be sure to read regularly yourself and discuss literature with them.

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