Of course, the most important way that you can help your child develop strong reading and writing skills is to provide plenty of books in the home and to read with your child as often as possible!
According to http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/30/5-benefits-of-reading-for-kids_n_4018741.html, "In March 2013, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research introduced research that showed that children four to five years of age who are read to three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading acumen. Those children who are read to daily are a year ahead of those who are read to less frequently. ''
Here are some other ways to help your child develop his/her language arts skills:
- Use subtitles on the TV.
- Talk to your child often! Studies show that there is a strong link between the number of spoken words that a child hears and his/her language arts development.
- Encourage your child to find sight words that your child knows in the world around him/her. Street signs, labels in the grocery story, and magazines are a few places to start.
- Write a story or a caption with your child using pictures from magazines or newspapers as illustrations.
- Provide a specific writing and/or reading space for your child. Equip this space with paper, various writing utensils, magazines, books, etc.
- Get a library card for your child, and make frequent trips to the library to check out books.
- Provide magnetic letters for your child to use to spell various words.
Read with your child, and encourage independent reading, as well! If your child sees YOU reading, he/she will probably be more likely to pick up a book, too!