Your child's speech and writing skills are fast developing with their language strength and finer grip on fingers and hands. Learning to read and write is critical to a child’s success in school and later in life. You are now committed not only to helping your child become literate but also to fostering their motivation to read and write for enjoyment, information, and communication.
What you need to know
To reach these outcomes, teaching practices must be appropriate and effective for your child, not just adaptations of what may work in the later grades. These practices must respond to your child’s changing developmental characteristics as well as to their culture, language, and individual learning needs.
You must be prepared to implement varied, research-based teaching methods that will help your child gain competence in language and literacy. If these results are to be achieved, policies and resources must provide essential supports.
Literacy begins in infancy
Children take their first critical steps toward learning to read and write very early in life. Literacy doesn’t begin at kindergarten or even in preschool. Babies respond to adults talking to them, 1 year olds point to pictures in books; and 2-year-olds chant nursery rhymes. These and other first steps lay the foundations for literacy.