I am, in fact, the rock star of Literacy Specialists (don't scour my posts too hard for grammatical errors, please), but my honorary title was not self-appointed. Shocking, I know. I'm actually a little disappointed that I didn't come up with it myself. I mean, it's absolutely perfect, just like me.
If you are amused because you realize that I am totally being sarcastic, then please pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee (or whatever your preferred stimulant may be) and stay a while to read. You are the kind of mom I want following my blog! (Dads are welcome, too.) Oh, and you have to have an interest in teaching your child how to read. Qualifications met? Okay, let's get started...
I have wanted to start this blog for a while now, but finally was encourage to get my butt in gear and just DO IT already when a good friend of mine asked, "Okay, Ms. Literacy Master. Have any tips for teaching my son to read?"
Yes! Where do I even begin?
I'm assuming that you enjoy reading, or else you wouldn't be reading this right now. So, this is where you should begin in your journey towards raising a literate child: with yourself. Show your little one that not only CAN you read, but you ENJOY reading. Who says that you have to be on the floor playing with your toddler all day every day in order to be a "good" parent? It is just as important for your child to see you reading as it is for you to be engaging in reading activities with him. So, turn to your toddler or preschooler and tell him, "Mommy is going to sit here and read her book for 15 minutes. You may pick out a book to read, too, or you may play with your toys quietly." If screaming and kicking ensues, then pour yourself something other than coffee for your reading time. A glass of wine, perhaps?
"Sit and read while I ignore my child?!?! Is this woman crazy?"
This is the best parenting advice blog ever! Am I right, or am I right?
Ways to share the love...
- Let your child see you reading for enjoyment (books, magazines, e-readers, whatever you fancy)
- Let your child see you reading for a purpose (looking up information online, skim the grocery flyer for deals, etc.)
- Have a variety of reading materials around the house, for both you and your child, that everyone has easy access to. (Our son likes to pull our books off the shelf and look through the pages. He doesn't rip out pages or anything. He is just curious. Daddy gets irritated, thinking he is going to destroy the books. Mommy the Literacy Master is always thrilled with his curiously in books!)
- Read to your child everyday. Not just at bed time, but during play time, as well. (You don't want your child to associate reading with falling asleep, now do you?)
- Let's not forget about writing... Let your child see you writing for enjoyment and purpose, too. After all, raising a literate child is more than just him knowing how to read. To be literate, you must be fluent in all areas of communication (reading, writing, listening AND speaking).
This blog will consist of reading tips and advice, information about how children learn to read, and suggestions for developmentally appropriate activities that you can do with your child. I'll also have lots of pictures of activities that I do with my son (and daughter when she becomes a little older). My kids are pretty darn cute, so I hope you stick around for that.
Please, leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for posts that you'd like to see. I'm so excited to be taking this journey towards a literate future with you and your child(ren)!