To launch my blog I am going to start sharing a few tips, ideas and food for thought on how to create a literacy rich environment at home. I know what you’re thinking, ‘it’s the start of the summer holidays and the end of home schooling!’. I know, but as a home educator I know we learn everyday, all the time, and your home environment can go a long way in helping your children lean more towards reading and away from the TV (at least sometimes!).
The good news is that there are some simple ways to use your home environment to your advantage as you seek to nurture a love of literature, reading and lifelong skills with your little ones.
Let’s start by having a look at your book collection. I have lots of books as you might imagine and lots of bookshelves! I also have two young children. A bookshelf is great for storing lots of books but if you’re really young, trying to find what you are looking for is not necessarily very easy. Even if I am looking for a book I can stare for several minutes and even then sometimes not be able to find what I’m after!
The best thing to do is pull some books that you are enjoying at the moment off the shelf and put them in a basket. And have a basket in every room; the living room, bedroom, playroom, even the kitchen.
There is a lot of uneasiness amongst parents about how much time children are spending on technology. But technology is everywhere and children see us using all our devices and how accessible they are. We’ve got several TVs around the house and I probably pick up my phone 7000 times a day; we’ve also got tablets on hand.
If we can try and replicate that availability with our book collection we are definitely starting to use our home to our advantage. It doesn’t have to just be story books or chapter books that go in the basket – it could also be recipe books or magazines and anything that you might read. When I think what I’ve read in the last month, I’ve read some fiction, some non-fiction, some catalogues, some letters and there are some great companies out there that you can get to send exciting letters to your children. Letters from Afar are a great company that sends you a letter each month from a female explorer from a different destination. I know it might be a little depressing at the moment when many of us aren’t going on holiday, but travel guides are also great – opportunities to explore different destinations and encourage a love of reading. If you have a play space or are lucky to have a play room what about including books alongside the toys?
That’s it for this week. There will be another tip next week. In the meantime don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest news about great value books from Little Otter books all at up to 60% off.