How Your Nanny Can Help Your Child With Reading Skills
A large part of a nanny’s job is to help children meet their development milestones and learn about the big world around them. Toddlers are in a stage where they absorb everything around them, making it crucial that they learn appropriate everyday skills. Reading skills is a large part of everyday life and toddlers are at the perfect age to learn basic speaking, reading and writing skills. The techniques listed below are great for teaching toddlers reading skills – all while being highly accepted! To set your child up for academic success, have your nanny practice the following with your child:
- Matching Skills – Matching is one the earliest skills learned that a toddler can master. Believe it or not, matching actually helps little ones in the reading department. It helps toddlers understand how to connect words with concepts – crucial for any reading skill! A nanny can practice matching skills with your toddler by matching images with spoken sounds, shapes, patterns, letters and even words later on. Use homemade or store-bought flashcards and turn it into a game!
- Letter Recognition – Remember the alphabet song? You know, “A, B, C, D, E, F, G” associated with that catchy little melody? That same song has been used for generations to help children learn to recognize letters. Try to connect letters of the alphabet with a visual representation. For instance, “B is for Bat,” and so on.
- Book Handling – Teaching toddlers to properly handle books is important. At first simple techniques can be tough, such as holding the book right-side up. You can also teach toddlers how to turn the pages in sequence, to look at the pictures and read to them – helping them to understand the concept of the book and each page. Encourage your nanny to reach with your child everyday for at least 15 minutes.
- Proper Language Skills – While it may seem fun or beneficial to talk to a child in a baby talk, it really does more harm than good. Encourage your nanny to talk to your child like they would anyone else. Learning to speak regularly helps your child to learn and master early reading skills and vocabulary.
- Rhyming – Believe it or not, rhyming helps to teach children how to identify the understanding of how words are formed – and more importantly, how they sound. Have your nanny play rhyming games or read rhyming books with your little ones.
- Sequencing – Even if your child can’t yet read, your child can learn the valuable skill of sequencing. Learning that they can’t eat cookies until after they’re cooked or that you dry off after showering, helps them to learn logic. Make sequence cards and encourage your nanny to practice predictions of what might happen next. This also works with stories.
Your nanny plays a vital role in your child’s future, as she helps them to learn basic life and reading skills. Jot down a list of preferred activities with locations to games or cards to encourage your nanny to play these educational reading games with your little ones. With a bit of dedication and patience, your children can be well on their way to a bright future!