Muswell Hill Preschool and Nursery

Literacy Activities at Home

The development of your child’s literacy skills is extremely important for their future success, as reading and writing is something used on a daily basis in everyday life.

Between birth and the age of eight is the most important development time for your child’s literacy skills, so it’s important to teach and encourage them whilst still having fun.

Here at Muswell Hall, we encourage all children to enjoy literacy just as much as we do, sharing activities that will help them have a good grasp of reading and writing for when they move onto their school years. We have put together some great ideas for literacy activities you too can try at home with you child:


Reading books

Your child is constantly taking in new knowledge and learning every single day, which is why it is never too early to start reading with them. In the very early stages it will help with their listening and interaction skills and as they grow it will help develop their vocabulary and understanding.

Choosing books with rhyming, repetition and rhythm always go down well with children or touch and feel books that add to the sensory experience of reading. These books will encourage their ability to connect sounds and words as you’re reading to them.

You should also let your child take control of the reading and let them turn the pages and choose a book etc. Asking them questions will make the reflect on the characters and think ahead. Questions such as “what do you think will happen next?” and “what do you see on the picture” will all contribute towards the growth and progression of your child’s literacy skills.


Talking and singing

Talking and singing with you child will help them develop many skills, so it’s important to make conversation with them and interact as much as possible at home.

You should discuss food at mealtimes and as if they’ve enjoyed their day or could they tell you what they’ve been up to. Creating conversation with your child will be natural, discussing what you both see when you’re out such as leaves or birds. It’s also great to ask your child if they can make the sounds of things such as animals, weather and vehicles.

Singing nursery rhymes with your child is something you should do on a regular basis as it helps to develop their language, rhythm, rhyme and repetition skills.

Writing and scribbling

Encouraging your child to put pen to paper not only helps develop their fine more skills, but it allows them to be creative and understand control and movements. Providing them with pens, pencils and crayons at home will allow them to have fun whilst gaining several skills.

Show them how to write their name and encourage them to draw what they see!