The term “literacy” denotes the ability to read, listen, speak, and write in a manner that enables you to communicate efficiently. Bear in mind that the power of literacy doesn’t just lie in the ability to write and read, but rather in the person’s capacity to apply the skills to effectively interpret, discern, and connect the intricacies of the world.
Professional educators state emphatically that Parental Involvement is a major predictor of literacy success and future academic accomplishment. Homeschooling is one-hundred-percent parental involvement. Consequently, they need the right tools to accomplish this important goal.
Literacy Foundation: Handwriting
Handwriting skills are a vital developmental activity and task for kids because they can express themselves and communicate.
The learned skill is taught most effectively by explanation, demonstration, and practice, using the appropriate technique in combination with the appropriate tools. However, numerous children have difficulty mastering the complex skill and this may cause distress and frustration.
Fortunately, parents can help them improve their penmanship and legibility with patience and the right tools to teach automatic and legible handwriting for the child to be more successful.
Such tools are also important because the skill should never be associated with pain in fingers, hands, arms, or wrist. Bear in mind that the use of handwriting implements that haven’t been developed specially for the learners, can cause pain and ultimately do more harm.
Furthermore, kids develop a negative association with handwriting when the wrong tools are involved. Consequently, they will find various ways to avoid writing practice or do a subpar practice.
Therefore, if you find that the child is struggling with a longer pencil, consider a shorter one and encourage your child to hold the pencil properly.
Handwriting aids can also be beneficial and they’re available in various sizes and shapes. Allow your child to accompany you and permit him/her to choose and try until s/he finds the one that is most comfortable.
Literacy Foundation: Reading
Almost 40% of children find that reading is a challenge. Fortunately, early help can prevent most reading issues.
Unfortunately, almost half of all parents who notice reading difficulties in their child wait a year or more before obtaining assistance. The fact is that the older your child is, the more difficult it becomes to teach him or her to read.
Reading skills are fundamental and crucial learning skills, which you must cultivate during the early years of a child’s learning. Without the suitable reading skills, your child won’t understand lessons efficiently, resulting in a lack of confidence and reduced desire to proceed with learning. Reading aloud to your very young child and letting him/her follow along as you read the story after multiple times, helps the child make a comfortable connection between the words you are saying and what s/he is seeing on the page.
Reading is one of the most fundamental factors in academic success and an early exposure to stories and books contributes to success in literacy. Homeschooling can be one of the great joys of life, if the parent enjoys it and lets his/her child know that it is enjoyable. Good luck and Smile!