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How to Improve Your Kids Literacy Skills

Reading and writing are essential for developing your child’s language skills.

For an elementary age youngster, practicing to read for 15 to 30 minutes a day will help them develop intellectual independence. Developing writing skills teaches him or her to confidently express thoughts by word, honing the building blocks to master more complicated concepts in future grades.

Babcock Ranch new school solely focuses on project-based learning , is a cool example of a future educational opportunity a SWFL child can have, based upon the elementary reading and writing skills being worked on today.

There are a few easy things you can do as a parent to help your kids improve such skills.

When it comes to reading, teach your kids how to use a library. Also, always keep books around the house.

Any book checked out from the library or around the house is great. A common misconception is that the story on paper needs to be sophisticated. While that is certainly ambitious, something as simple as a Marvel comic book can help begin a lifelong love of the written word.

When a parent reads a comic book with their son or daughter, they can compare notes of what they liked about the story. Even better, if there is a movie based upon the comic book, both parent and child can watch it together and have a fun conversation about the differences and similarities of each medium.

There are creative alternatives to the traditional library to check out. The Little Free Library promotes reading and community by offering an assortment of material to take at one’s leisure. To find the nearest little library, you can click here .

To improve writing, encourage your child to create a blog and to write about things they are interested in. Of course, with your supervision.

I remember being 8-years-old, corresponding with my pen pal, my cousin Veronica. She lived in Argentina while my home was in New Jersey. We started regularly writing back and forth.

I can still recall how exciting it was to run to the mail box to see if a new letter had arrived. I would tell Veronica about my school projects, plus my plans for the summer. She would share the music she was passionate about.

Sometimes we would even add stickers to our letters to dress them up. It was a fun way to keep us motivated about reading and writing.

Sometimes, despite the best efforts, a child may not be receptive to reading and writing. That is okay.

The Lee County School District says that if you need extra help in assisting your child with reading and writing, you should contact the school and talk to the teacher.

Signs that a child may need more attention from a teacher might be if he or she is struggling to read the words from in-class handouts, for instance, or has difficulty expressing his thoughts in writing.

Keep in mind that extra attention from a teacher is not necessary a bad thing. Kids have an insatiable hungers for knowledge, soaking it in like a sponge, in a format that grasps them. It is all about empowering the child by helping the youngster discover that.

The biggest take away here is that practice makes perfect. So, practice, practice, practice.

Reporting by Val Simpson and Michael Adam Mora