And you’ll want to steal a tip or two – starting early helps your child form the basis of all future learning and intellectual ability.
Reading happens on a daily basis at the school and this is weaved into the timetable.
Each class has a library corner and the teachers at Kinderland encourage children to pick their favourite books and read to them. This exposes children to a wide variety of reading materials, including subjects like current affairs.
The early introduction to reading gets children learning about letter-sound associations. As they progress, children start to create sentences using inventive spelling skills and phonics.
The school uses in-house, general interest and current affairs books. Big books are used for reading as a class and small books are perfect for curious kids who want to advance their reading skills individually.
Items and props in the play areas as well as in the classroom environment are labelled for children to pick up new words every day.
Young toddlers have the opportunity to explore cloth and board books physically through handling them and watching how others interact with them. Older infants can turn the pages of the books, point and seek names of the objects in the books.
This early exposure to books, stories, rhymes and words helps children enjoy books and ignites their creativity and imagination, which is beneficial later on in life.
Reading helps children develop basic linguistic skills and imparts a love of learning. Studies have shown that strong oral language skills are the basis for literacy development. When children learn to read at an early age, they have greater general knowledge, expand their vocabulary and become more fluent readers. It also improves their attention spans and better concentration.
Listening to a story also helps children evoke strong feelings and brings about a deep connection between the child and the storyteller. Additionally, good listening skills can also help promote the development of learning, social, and literacy skills in children.
That is why story time is an excellent method to use in order to teach these skills to children. Telling folktales and imaginative stories from traditional books is a great way for parents to start.
And, by repeating books, children eventually learn about story structures, author intent and intonations, which will help them excel at school in future.
From The Finder (Issue 289), November 2017
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