There is a belief in many people in the society that a child’s learning begins at the kindergarten, preschool or grade one. A child’s brain starts to develop at a very tender age and learning starts through interactions with siblings and adults around them. This leads to development of communication skills and language. It is said that children learning ability is developed when they are born and early literacy starts with developing emotions. The ability of a child to learn and develop skills is determined by family affiliations and the connection they have with those around them (Orlando, 2010). Strong bonds and connection gives children the motivation and ability to learn. This paper is a reflection of the importance of early literacy in children in terms of shaping their life and ability to handle issues in their future life.
Early literacy helps children build a strong and firm foundation that shapes their success in school work and life in general. This is because it develops the child’s ability to listen and builds on curiosity and the need to acquire new information. A child who is introduced to early learning develops reading skills which introduces them to difficult or rare words that are usually not included in daily conversations. One of the leading causes of failure in life is the lack of ability and motivation to read which makes many kids give up learning and end up dropping out of school. This can be worked on by parents who ensure that early conversation and learning in their children is developed.
Early literacy develops the child’s ability to communicate and relate with others. The child is able to learn a wide range of vocabulary which boosts their morale in communication and learning. Development at this stage is rampant and crucial because what the children learn at the tender age determines their ability to handle things. Early learning boosts cognitive development as well as the memory of a child. This goes a long way in determining their ability to learn even complex things because their memory was developed at a tender age. Such children become very innovative and creative which translates to success in life.
Childhood development and early literacy is important in determining a child’s future in terms of success in handling issues and challenges. Parents act as the first teachers and what they say to the child at a tender age determines their cognitive development and the ability to remember what is learnt. It also boosts the child’s morale in learning new things as well as boosts their attitude towards books, teachers and school. It is therefore very important to introduce children to learning when they are young by speaking to them and reading aloud.
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