Igniting the (Reading) Fire

“To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” (Victor Hugo)

Book Week is over but why stop at one week? Now is a golden opportunity to continue developing your child’s literacy skills.

  • School students dressed up as favourite book characters – continue the costume party and act out scenes at home!
  • This year’s theme was “Find Your Treasure” – point out the first letter of your child’s name (and names of family members) in books so she starts to recognise it and ‘hunt’ for it throughout the book!
  • Choose your own theme – you could pick ‘animals’ and read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar‘. Write a shopping list and pick out ingredients together at the shops. Follow a recipe for fruit salad. Do some craft. Eat like a hungry caterpillar!
  • Clap out the syllables (place your hands over your child’s hands and clap together) – “but-ter-fly”, “wa-ter-mel-on”, “straw-ber-ry”!
  • Stephen King said that “books are a uniquely portable magic” – once you have read the book over and over (excellent for literacy skills development), recite lines as you walk in the park (try ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury)! Tell stories when your child is in the bath, when you’re waiting in line or going on the train!

Where will you and your child “Find Your Treasure”?

When to Seek Help
Seek help early, don’t wait and see! Well-meaning family and friends may tell you not to worry but you are the expert on your child. If you have any concerns at all about your child’s speech and language development, call us on 9899 5494!

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