3 Ways to Support Children’s Literacy Development
Fostering literacy skills is an important part of a child’s overall development and helps build logic and reasoning, socialization skills and self-esteem. Experts agree that the most effective approach to helping young children hone these skills is by exposing them to environments that support literacy, both at home and at school.
Unfortunately most high-needs elementary schools in Canada don’t have the necessary funds to provide students with adequate access to books, and in 2001 alone, teachers spent nearly $143 million of their own money to buy learning materials. What’s more, the average book available to them is at least 15 years old, and an ongoing lack of school funding has left bookshelves badly depleted.
Here are a few ways to help support children’s literacy and encourage the joy of reading:
Read More at home. The family that reads together, grows together and helps kids develop a lifelong passion for reading. To get kids involved, create a special home ‘reading nook’ filled with exciting book titles to appeal to all family members and a variety of ages.
Support Literacy Programs Organizations like the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation help put even more books into the hands of children. The Foundation’s annual ‘Adopt a School’ program unites high-needs elementary schools with Indigo stores in their communities to raise funds, which helps transform school libraries with new books and educational resources. To support an elementary school in your area, visit your local Indigo store or go online to adoptaschool.indigo.ca to donate.
Organize a Book Drive, partner with your local community center or public library branch to organize a book drive encouraging neighbors or local businesses to support with donations of new and gently used children’s books. These books will go directly to students in the community, enabling them to enjoy their own reading library at home.