A child's development forms long before they start school. It includes how they learn language-related cues to understand, think, and use words. Whether it's through talking, reading, or even singing, the brain begins to build those critical connections quickly.

The idea of literacy development is reliant upon learning about language, words, and sounds. It is how a child learns to communicate, read, write, and socialize. Parents can help during this phase by maintaining a constant stream of communication with the child through playing, reading, singing, and other similar activities.

1Encouraging Literacy Development

For a child's overall development, it's important to understand what role literacy development plays. It allows the child to function well in different settings, including their time spent in school or while socializing with others around them. It will enable the child to begin appreciating the sense of independence and learn how to work with the people around them. However, to make sure the child starts to read and write correctly, it's essential to focus on building a strong foundation for literacy by teaching them how to speak, understand, listen, draw, and watch.

Once the child begins to grow, they will have to start making supplementary connections involving spoken sounds and written letters on a page. It can only occur when they're already well aware of identifying specific objects and pictures. They have to make the connections by putting words and letters together. It comes in different ways, whether it's particular sounds, shapes, or how words rhyme. It can even include recognizing patterns on how a word ends or begins and the letters used while different sounds blend.

2Communication In Early Reading

Parents need to focus on their child's development daily. An excellent example of this can be something as simple as saying, "Look at that brown squirrel!" or "Yay! That was a wonderful breakfast we just had." It's about starting to describe what happened and allowing them to make the connections by talking about their feelings. It will enable them to put words to their emotions.

It's also best to listen to what your child has to say. It gives them a way to speak and communicate about what they want. If they are ready to ask questions, you have to let them answer on their own. If they say something wrong, you can correct their pronunciation. Every little bit helps as they continue to develop their skills.

3Reading To Your Child

Taking the time to read to your child is always beneficial, and it should begin from an early age. By reading with your child, they can grasp literacy concepts faster. It also helps build your bond with the child.

The idea of reading to your child is about filling up their minds with new information while also making it a fun experience. It allows them to learn these concepts without getting bored as they look to understand the story in front of them. It is how they begin to build connections with the written word and add it to their vocabulary.

4Rhyming In Early Reading

Rhyming is an excellent method of teaching children how to build connections between the written and spoken word. Several different games use rhyming as a technique. These rhyming games make it easier for children to develop their vocabulary.

You can play these rhyming games with them almost anywhere. It is an effective option in allowing the child to see words differently. You can even try using famous tongue twisters to see how their skills develop as they grow older.

It's all about focusing on different words, sounds, and language. Literacy is a child's foundational skill set of being able to write, read, socialize, and communicate. It can be done by playing rhyming games, reading, or interacting with the child.

Literacy development at an early age can happen throughout the day through talking, playing games, and singing. It's about those essential experiences a child has before they start going to school. They begin to build connections involving how to speak, think, and understand the language. For those with children that can't make these connections, it's best to take the time to talk to a certified professional, such as a family health nurse, to see what you can do moving forward.

Nicole Ross

Nicole S. Ross is passionate about using stories in early childhood education. She wrote our Alphabet Book Series to help children fall in love with reading while learning the alphabet.