How do you raise a literate child?
Unfortunately, we are forced to observe a paradox: with the advent of virtual communication, children and adults write more, while the level of general literacy falls. Why this happens and how to teach a child a competent native language, we will tell in our article.
Just a few decades ago, people read newspapers, magazines and books – literature verified by correctors, without errors. Everyone started to write now, because everyone can publish his creation, but no one will check after him. Again, in order to enhance the effect of a simple printed word, “Albanian Yezig” was used, where the correct spelling of the word was intentionally culled. Compare, for example, “pajac” and “jacket”, “igzamine” and “exam”. Someone uses such writing specifically to make it easy to turn around, because in his oral speech he would be joking, and in the commentary intonation is invisible. But you can joke about spelling. There is nothing wrong with this, except that the younger generation perceives this writing as correct and uses it in an ordinary letter, not suspecting about mistakes. To prevent Albanian from penetrating your child’s written language, use our advice: Monitor the virtual communication of your primary school age child. Take your time to get him a social networking account. The later he starts reading illiterate texts, the more time he will have to learn spelling.
Remember American movies that feature moments when heroes are asked to spell out a word. English words are often very different in spelling and pronunciation, so children sometimes learn the right spelling. We have a more common game of “make a word out of letters”. You can play with simple cards, magnetic alphabet or dice, as well as online. Give the child a few letters and ask him to make a word out of them. For older children, make the game harder, suggest making words out of words. Did you know that there are 165 different words for collaboration? Of course, it’s better for a child to choose familiar words to make it more interesting. Read your child paper books. Enroll in a library or buy books, read them out loud. You can start reading from an early age by developing listening comprehension gradually. Use audiobooks, audio tracks read by professional actors. Let the child grow up on classical literature, fairy tales. At the age of 4-5 years you can develop visual memory – hang around the house cards with the names of items: mirror, chair, bed, sofa, window, refrigerator and so on. Let your eyes get used to and “photograph” the correct spelling of everyday words. Teach your child to read for themselves every day. 10-15 minutes a day every child will be able to endure, and in time it will become a habit, enrich speech, broaden the horizons and improve performance. Raising a literate child is easy if you put a little effort into the process. Good luck to you!