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Literacy Activities at Home

Finchley Nursery Tips & Advice

Your child’s literacy skills are critical to their success in the future as reading and writing is something we use every single day of our lives. This is why it’s important to help your child grow and learn during their most crucial development years of between birth and the age of eight.

Here at Finchley Preschool, we help your children develop their skills by sharing our love for literacy with them, so they can go onto school having an understanding of reading and writing. No matter how old your child is, it’s about making learning fun and showing them how knowledge helps them develop and move onto the next stepping stone.

We have put together some literacy activity ideas for you to try with your child at home!


Putting pen to paper

Encouraging your child to draw using pens, pencils and crayons helps develop their fine motor skills and gives them a chance to get creative. Helping them to write their name or draw specific shapes will help with control so they can later move onto writing with pens later in their childhood.

Using letters in creative and different ways with magnets, toys, puzzles and blocks will help your child recognise the shapes they need to then transfer onto paper.


Reading together

It Is never too early to start reading with your child. From being a baby, they will develop skills in their ability to listen, connect sounds and build their vocabulary.

When you read with your child, it’s great to choose books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition as this will keep them engaged whilst helping them build patterns and connect words. Encourage your child to take the lead with reading and ask them to turn the pages and talk about the pictures. Throughout the book, you can ask your child what they think will happen next and if they can tell you what they think of the characters in the book.


Singing and talking

Singing and talking with your child will help them to develop their communication and interaction skills. Having simple conversations about their day or discussing food and how it tastes all help towards your child’s literacy skills.

Playing games such as ‘I Spy’ can help your little one develop their language and vocabulary as well as being aware of their surroundings. For example: “I Spy with my little eye, can you tell me something that’s green?”

Singing nursery rhymes with your child helps them develop language, repetition, rhyme and rhythm skills. All improving their overall literacy skills for the future.

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