They say practice makes perfect, but the truth is that sometimes student do not have the tools to engage in the practice that will help them attain their goals. Literacy development is not something that we are born with. It takes time, strategies, and practice. Often those strategies are not knowingly being taught, but make a huge difference if done authentically and frequently. For example, modelling how to read a book from a young age, after school or at bed time, can be very effective for children’s understanding on the process of reading. Research suggests that reading every day can have significantly positive effects on your child’s literacy acquisition. The Ontario Ministry of Eduction suggests that reading everyday “is the single most important thing you can do to help your child learn to read and write and to succeed in school” (p. 14). Finding opportunities to do this can be as simple as reading street signs, labels on food packaging or reading picture books. All members of the child’s home community can be involved in this, whether it is parents, siblings, tutors or family friends. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) “Children need to learn mainstay concepts and skills of written language from which more complex and elaborated understandings and motivations arise …[and] learning an alphabetic writing system requires extra work” (p.4). The success of literacy achievement is strengthened by the connection between the school and the home. The more opportunities that children have to explore literacy, the more success they will find.
The Ontario Ministry of Education. (2014). Reading and Writing with your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6: A Parent Guide, p. 14. Retrieved from:
The National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2003). The Essentials of Early Literacy Instruction, p.4. Retrieved from: https://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200303/Essentials.pdf