Create a Literacy-Rich Environment

at Home

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So what exactly does it mean to create a literacy-rich environment?

This means to surround your home strategically with literacy. Where you place your books to what is hanging on your walls…it all can serve a purpose when it comes to your child’s growth and development. When you purposely surround your child with literacy, you are sending the message that it is something you value. It’s an important part of your life and your family.

Make Reading Aloud a BIG Priority

Read aloud several times a day. You can read aloud while your kids eat breakfast and lunch, and then as a transition between various activities throughout the day. If you have older kids who can read well, have them read aloud while you cook dinner. And of course, make the bedtime read aloud a treasured part of your day

Create a Family Library

Build a family library full of great books. If you have babies or toddlers, start with plenty of board books and a few picture books. As your kids begin to learn to read, add easy readers and early chapter books. For kids who are solid readers, help them follow their interests as they choose books. Keep books easily accessible by placing baskets or boxes of books throughout your house. Always keep books in the car, and stash a few in a tote bag that you take along on outings.

Visit Bookstores or Libraries

Visit bookstores and libraries regularly to choose books and see what new books have been published. Set a weekly schedule to visit the library, perhaps just before or after a story hour or a fun event you can also attend as a family. Many libraries even have options to borrow ebooks for another fun way to read!

Keep it Cozy

Provide plenty of cozy places to read throughout your house, such as a beanbag or rocking chair in a corner, with a basket of favorite books. Or, line the floor of a closet with blankets and pillows and provide your child with a flashlight and a few books. Maybe even build a special fort just for reading and writing!

Create a Writing Box

Fill a special box or tub with a variety of writing supplies. Include colored pencils, thin markers and fat markers, crayons, glitter pens, whatever you think will excite your young writers.

You’ll also want paper in a variety of colors and sizes, both lined and unlined. You can even staple paper together to make little books – kids love to write stories and publish their own books.

Let Your Child See You Writing and Reading

Include your child in the ways you use reading and writing every day. For example, have your child help you write a grocery list, or send an email to a friend or relative. And definitely make sure your child sees you reading for pleasure!

Most Importantly Make Literacy the Norm

Creating a literacy-rich home environment helps your children see literacy as a “norm” in your family – like good nutrition, cleanliness, kindness, or anything else in your family that they can count on. A literacy-rich home environment will support any reading curriculum, and it is a powerful strategy to support struggling readers. Kids who are surrounded by literacy are far, far more likely to develop into passionate, successful readers.

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"Reading is a passport to countless adventures!" - Mary Pope Osborne