How to Integrate Literacy into Everyday Life
- You are at the grocery store. Kids can help look at the list and read it to you. If they can’t read, you can help them match the words on the list with the boxes or packages.
- You can make index cards and place them on items around the house. In the kids area upstairs, we have had the doors, windows, walls and other various items labelled.
- When the girls are in church with us, I have pointed out the words on the screen. I saw it click with Abby one day, and she began connecting the song with the words. This really helped her with sight reading. They also have familiar songs with the lyrics on On Demand or YouTube. I’m sure there are apps you could find on your phone that do this – kind of karaoke style. When Abby was younger, I had Christmas carols typed out, and Abby had a sheet. For about 30 minutes on the car ride home, she was staring at that sheet of paper trying to connect the words of the songs she knew with the words on the paper.
- Point out signs. Have them try to find all of the signs that say “speed limit,” “yield” or “stop.”
- Have them figure out which bathroom is for women and which is for men.
- Have them try and spot candy bars by certain names while you are standing in line at the grocery store.
- Have them help look at recipes as you are making things together.
- Let them watch you write things down and read what you are writing.
- Put magnet words or sentences together on the refrigerator to have them try and figure out.
- Write them special messages – in lunch boxes, around the house or at the dinner table. They will really want to learn to decode these special notes from you. You might like my lunchbox acts of kindness printable.
- Read off the name of stores you go past. Play a game where they need to try and find the stores you name.
- Let them try and figure out what is on the menu at restaurants.
- Label bins around your house. Kids can put things away while learning words. Label makers are great for this. You can put labels on the inside or outside of bins, boxes and drawers. Why not put the word “pants” in the pant drawer someplace. You can have cups labelled inside the cabinet with a label maker. Boxes or bins can say “block,” “balls,” “glue” or “yarn.”
You Are Invited!
To celebrate literacy, you are invited to my book party on Facebook. There are few greater gifts we can give to the kids in our life than a love for READING! I would love to have you join me.
Join us on Sept 23rd at 8:30pm CST (6:30 PDT) for a fast and fun book party on Facebook <—–Link for you to RSVP! We’ll share literacy tips and also GIVEAWAY some fabulous books! Looking forward to “seeing” you online soon! 🙂
1. RSVP: The first 15 people to RSVP yes or maybe for the party AND attend the night of the party will receive ten extra entries into our giveaway drawing 🙂
2. REMINDER. Set a reminder for 10-15 minutes prior to “party time” on your phone so you don’t miss it!
3. WATCH this spot for important info. Most of these things will involve entries for YOU into free prize drawings!
Usborne Books is the 2014 Children’s Publisher of the Year, offering over 1700 books for babies through young adult. This is the perfect excuse to stock up on great books and fun activities that keep kids entertained and boost brain power in the process!
*Must be 18yrs or older, US or APO addresses only, void where prohibited. Meaningful Mama & True Aim are NOT responsible for the safe shipment of prizes. Giveaways and prizes from this party are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By participating in this event, you agree not to hold Facebook responsible in any way.