Why literacy matters? and 5 EASY ways to improve literacy at home
Updated: Apr 10
Why literacy matters!
The simplest answer is that literacy = success.
Let’s start with what literacy is.
National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) defines literacy as "using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."
You can see why literacy is important in one’s life.
Let’s look at some of the problems that arise from the lack of literacy in our society.
Scary? Yes, it is! The good news is we can change those grim statistics together!
5 easy ways to improve literacy at home
Literacy is learned!
Read to your kids from a very young age. Studies show that reading to kids has many benefits – improved comprehension and expanded vocabulary. Let’s not forget those precious moments of you two snuggling in bed with a book - memories you and your child will cherish forever.
Nursery rhymes aren’t just for babies!
They play an essential role in language development – children love to repeat them, which helps with learning and understanding the structure of language and building their vocabulary. What more fun way to create a love for words and books?
Lead by example!
Kids are little sponges, and they love mimicking their parents or just anyone around them. Give them an excellent example to follow! Turn off the TV and snuggle up with a good book. If your child is older and can read independently, you can share the quiet reading time.
Make reading readily available for your kids. Provide plenty of books on different subjects. Let them choose their books or suggest books related to their interest – games, movies, or sports.
Discuss books, characters, and plots with enthusiasm. Ask plenty of questions during and after reading. That will help your child’s comprehension and boost their involvement and commitment to the book. Play word games – explain the meaning of words, find synonyms, or have fun with rhymes.