You need high order skills to survive in this technological modern world. So the 21st-century literacy is a collection of many higher order skills. We need to develop new literacy skills required for the future so that our children can flourish in the future. But we cannot forget that these 21st-century skills are built on the foundation of traditional literacy: reading, writing, and basic mathematics.
Let’s not forget, “Literacy is most commonly understood as reading and writing. But before children can read and write, they need to learn about sounds, words, language, books and stories.”
Parents have a vital role to play in helping your child with early literacy development. Literacy is a compilation of understanding, knowledge, fluency, capability, growth and of course leading to success in life. Literacy skills help us understand context and meaning in the written word. It helps us achieve higher-level thinking and helps us to make sense of the world around us. It helps us to solve problems and reach for goals and to improve our lives. Literacy breaks down barriers and opens doors. Literacy is an opportunity.
It takes time for literacy to develop in a child. Children need to move from awareness of sound to print awareness. Reading and writing develops
along with understanding and comprehension. And all are important in development of literacy. For children, the ability to read and write is one
of the most important life-skills, they can learn in school. But can we do something to improve this:
1) Learning through Stories
Children are great at visualizing stories. These stories give them a platform to move out of their everyday lives and explore unchartered territory. Insightful stories can help children comprehend the various situations that they might face in the coming years. Therefore, stories are
an effective medium for giving children a first-hand experience of life. While we read stories to children, a picture book, read aloud book along
with narrated stories all help in building literacy.
2) Learning through Experiences
A first-hand experience is always the best way to learn. Children are great at grasping knowledge visually. Experiencing situations helps children gain skills in a solid way. When all the 5 senses are actively involved in an experience, learning becomes easy. And it ignites the mind to think beyond
the mundane and ordinary. A walk in the park, a visit to the museum or even
a vegetable garden with an emphasis on speaking to the child helps build
3) Learning by Mimicking
Children are excellent at mimicking. They do consider their parents/teachers as mentors and idols from whom they can learn the most. Therefore, it falls on the children/teachers around the children to act in a way that kids can learn the most from. When they see their parents being calm in a tense situation or when they see their teachers not getting angry over small things, they’ll learn to pick the same mentality and way of behaviour.
At The Learning Curve, we use every mode to inculcate the right skills in a child. Role-plays, dedicated story times, a visit to places that can teach better values – such activities do help children imbibe skills/thoughts/information that’d help him/her face the world better. Our
aim always is to approach a child’s education in a holistic way and to make sure that they get the right ammunition to Learn, Grow & Excel in every field they so wish to.