Literacy Development Is a Must

By: Ayana Smith

Why is literacy development important?

Literacy development begins during prenatal development. This is the time that the child is in the womb and it act on the things that it hears around him/her. Things such as music, listening to their parent read to them, hearing the mother talk all add to development of literacy of the child. The lack of being around an environment like this, in some cases for the baby can cause brain stimulation.

How to enhance literacy development

Ways you can help advance a child literacy development is by having programs such as head-start, even-start, reading programs, and library programs. In these programs it challenges children to learn different skills and use those skills to continue learning new things and advancing their understanding and vocabulary. Parents can also have things such as alphabet charts and numbers chart to help the child visualize letters and numbers and how to put them together to make something more "complex". Piaget cognitive developmental theory states that learning moves from concrete to abstract, meaning a child starts off learning something simple and continues learning more complex things.

Allowing a child to play helps promote literacy development

Family literacy build social and cultural identities

Important Facts

From the ages of one to two months a child learn vowel sounds. These are the cooing sounds that they be making. By age six to seven months the child is able to repeat consonant sounds and vowel combinations. Six to nine months the child can begin to name objects and imitate the things that they hear. Twelve to eighteen months is when the child can begin to use combinations of words and gestures. Also, parents keep in mind that the more social interactions a child has the earlier they will begin to make language sounds.


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