Autumn literacy tips

It’s important to communicate with your child all year round, but the new season brings a lot of opportunities to encourage conversation and improve your child’s speaking and listening skills. Here are our top tips:

  • Get outdoors: autumn is a great time for your child to enjoy some fresh air and play outside in the great outdoors. Encourage your child to use their voice by talking, shouting, and singing while playing outside.

  • Chat on the move: it’s important to speak to your child as you go from A to B – this could be on the bus, in the car or walking. In autumn, there are plenty of things to point out and talk about. Ask them to identify the different colour leaves they see on the trees or on the ground or to tell you about the different woodland animals.

  • Say what you see: autumn brings visual events that you can use to encourage children to express themselves and describe their experiences. If you’re going to a fireworks display, ask your child questions about it afterwards, e.g. what was your favourite firework? What colour was it? What was the sound like? Why did you like it?

  • Get creative: fallen leaves are the perfect ingredient for a creative masterpiece! Improve your young child’s ability to follow instructions by asking them to go outside and pick a certain colour leaf (orange, yellow, brown or green) for an arts and crafts project. You could then glue them to a large sheet of paper, adding glitter and woodland creature images, to create an eye-catching display.

  • Bedtime reading: as it begins to get darker earlier, send your little ones off to sleep by reading before bedtime. Sharing your child’s favourite story over and over builds their memory and you’ll soon find they’ll be telling you the story!

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