This is the first post in a series of posts regarding the importance of promoting literacy for your children. In this post we will discuss the more general concept of literacy and why is in still an essential aspect of education.
Literacy can broadly be defined as the skills associated with reading ability, reading comprehension, and writing skills. With this definition in mind, one can easily infer that literacy has been an central skill taught in education settings for a long time, and is a skill that still is incredibly important and relevant. Children need to be able to read and write in order to participate in academic life, that is a given. But developing literacy skills can also have a number of other important benefits. These include the following.
- Reading with your children can help build stronger bonds between parents and children. In today’s world families are often busy with work, and school, and children’s extra curricular activities. Taking some time out of your day to read is a great way to spend some time together. Also, for the little ones, snuggling around a book can also provide the necessary physical contact for forming healthy attachments with infants.
- Reading is closely linked to language development. Just reading out loud with your children can help along their speech abilities. This means that it can help with basic foundation language skills like hearing and making word sounds as well more complex skills associated with communicating ideas with others and comprehending what others are saying.
- Reading helps develop cognitive abilities associated with logical thinking. Reading and talking about stories helps develop skills like sequencing events and linking cause and effect. It also, helps build imagination as new experiences are created in the process of reading a story, and it helps children develop concentration skills.
- Reading is fun! Reading with your children helps develop a love of reading that they can carry throughout their lives.