When our children are in school, if they are lucky, they are one of twenty children all wanting and needing the attention of one teacher and so it can be very hard for a child with any literacy difficulty to get that extra bit of individual attention they may need.
We all know that when we show an interest in something our child is doing then they will always try to do it better to impress us, after all as their parents we are the ones they want to impress the most.
Whether it’s a sport or a musical instrument they are playing they will always try harder to show you how good they are and the same goes when it comes to literacy or numeracy.
If your child struggles with literacy then with a little encouragement from you they will start to improve, so with a lot of encouragement and your involvement they will make great strides altogether.
It doesn’t mean that you need to spend every minute of the day reading books together, ten minutes a day can make a big difference. For ten minutes give that child your undivided attention, if necessary take the phone off the hook so you won’t be disturbed.
As parents it is very important for us to get involved with our children’s learning in an informal way, we don’t need to get out the school books at all, there are opportunities all around us to help teach our children.
The more opportunity we have to practice something the better we become at it, so something as simple as reading road signs can help.
I used to put notes in my son’s lunchbox everyday, he loved it and his friends would be waiting to see what was written on the note. Sometimes I would write a knock, knock joke or maybe a reminder for him to wish someone happy birthday or good luck in a spelling test, anything at all. As his writing got better he would write a reply to my note and leave it for me to find when I washed his lunchbox.
Another good idea is to have a notice board in the kitchen and write notes for each other, as you are cooking the dinner you could ask your child to write a reminder for you or at night when they are in bed write a message for them to read in the morning, a joke a reminder anything.
There are endless opportunities to help our children improve their reading skills and all it takes is a little time and imagination. Take that first step and watch your child’s confidence grow as their literacy skills improve.