How to Motivate Children's Literacy Development


Literacy is very important in helping us understand and interpret the world. Since we wake up until we go back to sleep, we continually make sense of the world around us. Literacy is traditionally considered the ability to read and write. Although these two things are important components of literacy, now our understanding of literacy has developed very widely.

Alberta Education defines literacy as the ability, confidence and willingness to engage in language to acquire, build and communicate meaning in all aspects of everyday life. Language is explained as a socially and culturally constructed communication system.

Literacy is the ability to read, see, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows you to communicate effectively. Literacy does not only lie in the ability to read and write, but also the ability of a person to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and see the intricacies of the world in which they live.

The Importance of Literacy for Millennials

The internet allows endless possibilities for education, with the ever-growing flow of information, internet freedom can be a barrier for children who cannot effectively filter and interpret the content presented. Here is the important role of literacy - especially information literacy - for 21st century children.

Strong literacy is the most important key for children in understanding and interpreting information, which enables them to make full use of the internet and ensure that the inevitable digital footprint that children will leave behind is something that is safe, appropriate, and reflective.

How to Motivate Children's Literacy Development

Research shows that children's motivation and achievements tend to increase when parents are involved in the child's education process. There are many daily activities that parents can do to encourage children's literacy learning, including:

  1. Share knowledge and provide explanations to children about how you implement literacy in everyday life.
  2. Motivating children to read and see various texts such as newspapers, novels, comics, magazines, websites, and e-mail.
  3. Motivating children to write and design things for various purposes using diverse media.
  4. Discuss various types of texts that are made for different purposes and target readers.
  5. Talking about things you have read or seen that are funny, interesting or useful.
  6. Discuss favorite writers, producers, directors or illustrators and what you like about them.
  7. Discuss new and unusual words or phrases and explore them through print and electronic dictionaries.
  8. Play games that develop knowledge and passion for words.
Use community resources, local libraries and schools to get information. Since the child was born, his literacy / literacy journey began. The ability to read is maintained through their family and environment. When babies smile or cry is to communicate their needs to parents which is the first form of words.

As children enter school age, there is learning and development of the ability to read and write. Children are involved in the learning process by recognizing various types of letters, words and sentences in print and digital media.

From this it is clear that both the family and school environment have a responsibility for the development of children's literacy. Especially with the development of information technology as it is today, the challenges faced by parents and schools in the distribution of children are increasingly heavy and complex.

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