Why are literacy routines important?
Just like brushing teeth and picking up toys, you want literacy activities to be part of your child’s daily routine. However, building a joy and love of reading requires a slightly different approach than reminding your child to do their chores.
Studies have shown that children who have a strong literacy routine at home are more likely to read for pleasure and read above grade level later in life.
How can I help my family create literacy routines?
A few simple steps can go a long way in helping your whole family find joy in reading.
Here are some suggestions and tips to get you started. You can download this tip sheet below.
How can the Khan Kids app help build literacy routines?
The Khan Academy Kids app has thousands of standards-aligned activities that are designed to be fun, joyful, and help young children develop literacy skills. We also have over 300 books in our library to keep your learner engaged and excited to read more. Regular use of our app has been shown to significantly increase pre-literacy skills and is a valuable resource to use with your child.
However, as much as we love our app, it can never replace the impact that reading together will have on your little one. We provide the practice activities for your child as they become an independent reader, but your family literacy routines pave the way for them to be a lifelong learner.
This is article #5 in our series of 5 articles about the path to reading. If you’d like to learn more, be sure to read the other articles!
Article 1) Pre-literacy: the period of time before a child begins to read or write
Article 2) Phonics: the connection between letters and sounds
Article 3) Fluency: reading naturally, while paying attention to meaning
Article 4) Comprehension: understanding and thinking about what you read