While many children in Australia don’t start reading until they start school, the foundations for literacy are developed much earlier. Knowing how to hold a book, recognising shapes, and being able to associate sounds with the symbols we know as letters are vital skills to learn before formal education begins.
These basic building blocks are simple indicators of understanding language and communication. They don’t just inform children’s ability to read and write, but also their ability to learn, think, and speak. Children that miss out on these basic skills will struggle in school to learn and progress with their peers. Almost 90% of children that start school without basic literacy skills never catch up.
The good news is that something as simple as regularly reading to a child from an early age can dramatically improve their literacy skills, and their chances to succeed beyond school.
That’s why we’ve created the Kids’ Book Club. Not only can it provide your child with a quality, age-appropriate book each month, it also helps provide books to families that might otherwise not be able to afford them through United Way Australia’s literacy programs. Read more about United Way Australia and our work.
Please view, download and share our Reading Tips booklet:
Find more tips for reading with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers here.