I have always loved to read and have wonderful memories of learning to read with my Mum and my sister as a child. One of my happiest, earliest memories is crawling around the floor with my Mum putting together very simple words, each written on a piece of card, stretching in a long line right across the lounge and trying to form a sentence. It was a game that I really loved.
Play-based learning has been a particular passion of mine since having my own children and you can find some examples of the things we get up to here. Bedtime stories are my favourite time of the day. The Boy has already developed a strong passion for books and Little Miss is showing early signs of being just the same. Look…
Encouraging literacy in children is something very close to my heart and The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour is a wonderful example of how this can be done, providing inspiration for both teachers and families alike.
The Scottish Book Trust is Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing. The organisation works with writers, children, teachers, librarians and readers from all backgrounds to spread a love of books and reading. Do check out their Bookbug area which has great advice and tips for reading with your babies and if, like me, you have forgotten all of your old nursery rhymes and actions, never fear. Here you will also find videos of songs and rhymes for you to sing with your toddlers. Getting active with reading can really help to inject the fun element back into learning as well as improving both motor and communication skills.
To support the Book Trust, Scottish Friendly has been running a book tour for the last 14 years. The book tour takes the very best UK and international authors directly into schools across Scotland and England to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration and reaches on average 6,000 children every year. For more information about upcoming tours as well as videos of past events check out the following pages:
So, time to start making some fantastic early memories for our own children don’t you think?
Disclosure: This post is brought to you in association with The Scottish Book Trust but opinions are my own.