Developing or improving children’s literacy skills from an early age is very important as capital for children to face a better future. Literacy skills are not just reading, but also improving reading and writing, introducing good vocabulary, understanding various ideas or information, critical thinking, and good analysis.
The following are some ways that parents can do to improve their children’s literacy skills and interest in reading from an early age, namely:
- Introduce books early
Increasing children’s interest in reading is not easy and instant. For parents with toddlers, introduce books to them as early as possible. This will make children patterned later to be interested and enjoy books.
Children who are more likely to be introduced to books, their brain development will be more active since childhood. They will also have a large vocabulary of language and of course be able to read faster than with children who are not introduced to books.
- Give a book with a light content
To improve literacy and interest in reading children, choose books with light content and easy to understand. Children will be lazy to read if the book contains content that is too heavy and difficult to understand.
To start getting your child into the habit of reading, start with books on topics they like and contain knowledge. For example, about natural beauty, pets, or robots filled with colors and various images.
- Reading fairy tales
Tips that parents can do is to get used to reading fairy tales. It is better if done before the child goes to bed. By reading fairy tales to children, children’s imagination power is much more active because the nervous system of the child’s brain will be connected with other nerve cells. This is evident when compared to children who are not accustomed to being read by their parents to fairy tales.
When reading fairy tales to children, make sure to choose a story that has a positive moral message because it will affect their thoughts while sleeping. The use of language in stories is very important because language is a reflection of us. Children’s minds are also still innocent and innocent, so negative language can affect him.
- Have lots of books at home
At home parents try to provide reading books for children. Books are not only in the form of story books, they can also be comics, magazines, encyclopedias, or other reading books that are relevant for children. Colored and illustrated books will help children to enjoy reading more.
This will also make the child not get bored quickly and have a variety of reading options that can be adjusted to his mood. So that you don’t get bored, try making a mini library at home.
- Invite children to buy books
Take your child when you want to buy a book. Let them choose which book they want according to their preferences and likes. Let them later be responsible for reading and finishing the book they have chosen. Also teach them to set aside their savings by buying books to increase their knowledge.
- Visit the library
One way to develop children’s interest in reading is by visiting and traveling to the library together. Parents can also register their children as members of the library so that they will be more diligent in reading.
The more libraries that can be visited, it is expected to increase children’s interest in reading. In addition, with the increasing number of public libraries, the number of people who are interested in reading books also increases.