Early learning usually means that parents have to start early with a program of activities that will help them. You can use this to your advantage and help your child in developing early literacy skills.
Here are some of the strategies and activities that many parents are using in early education and learning:
Make and Use Name Cards – A list of a few hundred to a couple of thousand words that the child has to learn the letters, sounds, and patterns of the alphabet. Make cards of these words with your child and have your child act out the words. The whole process can go on until your child feels confident enough to go to their classroom and use the cards with the teachers.
To make the cards: Take 5-6 regular pieces of paper and make them into cards. Write the word on one side of the card. Make it large so that your child wouldn’t get bored. On the opposite side of the card, write the sound the word makes. Decide on how to fold the edges into the rear of the card. If your child enjoys getting in on the act, you can fold or cut the edges and write some things on the front. This will be a fun learning experience the whole family can enjoy.
Angular Development – Learn well enough that the items that fall in the angular you ‘know’ for by now can be used. For example, if the word is flo, the item to be used is a umbrella or bowl. Make sure these items are readily available and use them in story-telling.
Make Learning the Alphabet an Engaging Hobby – Schedule activities that encourage your child to learn. Take your child outside to play, play on a playground or elsewhere. Sing a song that talks about the items in the story you just read to your child. Play make believe games with other children. Play games that need the use of body parts. You know!
Learning by Situations – Here one parent brings the activity and the one parent who helps the child count to 100, then to 101. The children play through the steps of the alphabet in small groups. The items are then turned over to the ‘learners’. Make these sessions positive learning experiences.
Play Closer – Use this new insight to help your child understand better how the alphabet or numbers work. Show parents how you can use decdi words to help their recognition of the alphabetic principle. Explain that letters echo the letter that preceded them. Play a game like charades in which the children act out words under the alphabet theme and the maker is taught some new words (hour jar give one item under the theme of the hour and have the children pick one item).
What Is A Clue? – Play Halloween card or puzzle games. Start a game of “who can figure out the clue hidden inside the picture?” Give the child clues or phrases to find in an assortment of child-related topics like food, animals, games, and movie stars. Make your hunt a tree hunt where you use the styled Character sleeve and make gingerbread men and candy apples. The game of “how many at the bottom?” Stick some extra pieces of candy in the corners. Give an extra clue or phrase in the form of a riddle for each group of three children in one.
The results vary but at the end, or after a game of charades, the children enjoy their learning in the process of reading as well as showing one another how to play the game.