Strong reading skills can improve your child’s success in school and throughout his or her life. If you encourage your children to read every day at a young age, then they will be better equipped to start school with confidence.
Facts about Literacy
A 2003 study showed that 22% of American adults were at the lowest achievement level for basic literacy skills. This indicates that these people were never given the fundamental building blocks for higher learning and effective reading.
The Fundamental Elements of Reading and Writing
There are 5 reading skills that should be introduced early and reinforced throughout your child’s educational career:
- Phonemic Awareness: The ability to read, hear and identify individual sounds that make up whole words.
- Vocabulary: The ability to learn and use new words and commit them to memory.
- Phonics: The ability to connect written letters with spoken sounds.
- Reading Comprehension: The ability to infer meaning from what has been read.
- Fluency: The ability to read and understand.
With these skills, your child will be a better test-taker, a more attentive learner, and a more effective communicator. Additionally, strong reading skills will help your child develop his or her imagination and learn new languages.
When to Start Encouraging Good Reading Habits
Language development starts very early in a child’s life, and it begins with learning by example. Take the time to read to your child from infancy onward, and promote reading instead of watching television or playing video games. It is important to continue modeling these habits throughout your child’s development.
You can help your child realize his or her full potential by consulting the Literacy and Language Center. We offer literacy programs and tutoring designed to improve essential reading skills and develop critical thinking and reasoning abilities. We help students of all ages and reading levels overcome reading difficulties. Programs are individually and independently designed to meet the student’s specific needs. Contact us online or call (415) 242-1205 for more information.