The holiday season has begun! This is generally a time of year spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, this year will be very different due to families deciding to limit their visits with relatives and friends to minimize sharing the virus. Making this decision can be difficult and disappointing for all family members, especially children.
Instead of visiting in person this year, families may have decided to visit through video chats. The availability of technology has helped to make some areas of our lives simpler and more convenient. While many adults prefer electronic devices for reading and documenting, young children still need concrete ways to learn to read, write, and communicate. The process of learning to read and write begins with everyday activities enjoyable to children. There are six early literacy or pre-reading skills that prepare a child to read and there is a strong connection between learning to read and write. When children are allowed to draw pictures and explore writing, they are also learning reading skills. To learn about the six early literacy skills, click here
The holiday season provides unique opportunities to promote your child’s pre-reading and pre-writing skills. It doesn’t matter if your child is in the beginning stages of scribbling or is writing words, they can practice their skills as they create joy for your family and others with the following activities: