Little things you do around the house everyday can help promote literacy.
How kids can learn a new word every day:
- Comment on a word on TV or in the newspaper.
- Emphasize the use of synonyms and antonyms.
- Use correct grammar.
- Pick new words based on topics your kids like.
- Open the dictionary at random and have them guess the definition of a new word.
- Use advanced words when you speak to them so they can understand the word in the context of your sentences.
Make everyday activities a time to learn:
- During bath time have kids role-play with their bath toys. Write on a steamy mirror or use batch crayons and write in the tub.
- In the car, have them call out street names as you pass them. Have them explain what the symbols on street signs mean.
- In the kitchen, let them read recipes to you when preparing dinner.
Make someone's day!
Work together to write a birthday card or letter to a relative. Have the kids read it out loud. An e-mail or e-card works too!
Get kids to write their to-do lists for the day/week/month, to help you write up the grocery list and find the matching products in the store.
Reward kids for doing their chores with an extra bedtime story or allow them one extra book from the library.