Education Preschoolers is the Foundation for Early Literacy
When is it a good time to start reading to your child? Is the perfect time at night or before nap time? There is really no sure answer to that question. But what educators and parents want is often to foster early literacy in children.
Reading is a fundamental skill that all children should know. How can parents encourage early literacy at home?
Although a trip to the local library is a common fun activity, there are other ways to promote reading at home. And it is also a great way for parents to spend time with their children.
Why is reading such a basic skill in education preschoolers?
Simply, studies showed that preschoolers who begin to take part in story-times or are read out-loud are more apt to have better language skills than those children who were not.
The findings of this study also suggested that preschoolers, later, have higher achievement scores in spelling, reading comprehension, and improved language skills. As a matter of fact, preschoolers who were also taught reading with early print-awareness also increased their reading levels.
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Summer is the season to temporarily say good-bye to the school year and begin summer vacation. In fact, many students look forward to that last day of school with anticipation and excitement. Regardless of whether children enjoyed learning during the past school year, summer should still present an opportunity for them to learn while playing.
So, use summer reading as a chance to encourage children to pick a book, novel, or graphic novel. The importance of reading is participating in selecting a book you enjoy. During the summer break, children can still develop their cognitive skills with a few summer reading tips. But summer learning does not have to be a structured curriculum.
One of the reasons for continuing summer learning is to enhance their language skills. By providing motivational reading skills, children will be able to develop more vocabulary and maintain what they learned from before. As a matter of fact, children that are constantly learning, develop skills in language, are better able to deal with stress, and develop their brainpower.
Other studies have shown that being bilingual can actually boost a child’s cognitive skills. But constant learning can only fuel this brainpower. And some of this knowledge can be either through reading story books, participating in summer reading programs, summer activity camps, summer book clubs, music, and other Spanish immersion programs. What are some summer reading tips to motivate children to continue learning?
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Bilingual children learn best when language topics are shown in a fun and entertaining way. It is even more fun when reading and grammar concepts are easily tied to puppet shows and stories.
But how can parents and educators add simple immersion program ideas to learning Spanish?
Immersion Program Ideas for Bilingual Classes Background
Immersion programs are categorized in 3 simple ways: one-way, two-way, and full immersion classes.
But for children between the ages 3 – 7, a two-way immersion program is the ideal way for them to acquire a second language. Learning while they play is the best way they learn.
In a two-way immersion course, English-speaking students are immersed in a class with Spanish-speaking students. And what a great combination this is. When Spanish students show their intellect in the language to non-native speakers, it offers the best of two worlds.
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