Does your child have their own photo album?
Sometimes parents forget that literacy is not just about reading and writing. Literacy includes all of the ways people create and use language. Learning to competently and confidently command the oral aspects of their language is an essential part of early literacy and activities involving speaking and listening are very important for young children.
Providing your child with their own photo album and photographs encourages them to revisit and remember past events and encourages them to talk about places, people, events, feelings and emotions.
Your child’s photo album does not need to be fancy. A simple pocket style from a discount store and photos of themselves and their family and friends which are just as effective when printed at home. For babies and very young toddlers, why not try a simple flip book of all the people who are important to them.
What is Childhood 101′s Literacy Spot? It is a weekly reminder of the importace of young children learning playfully as each week I share one idea for playing around with literacy, taken from my many years working as an early childhood teacher.
Visit the previous Literacy Spot posts for more fun ideas for playing with literacy.