Another brief piece on literacy development: if you foster a very young child, it is important to understand that before they can read and write, they have to become familiar with word sounds and picture books. As a foster carer you have a vital role to play in helping your child develop literacy skills. This is crucially important because it is the foundation for a child to make progress at school – as well as being able to socialise with friends and other family members. There are stages that need to be followed to enable a child to become a confident reader. But before learning to read and write, a child needs to develop important building blocks: the ability to watch, listen, speak and understand – before starting school, where they will begin to learn about the more formal aspects of literacy.
Reading to a very young child is the best way to spark their imagination. The aim is to make reading from the earliest age a pleasurable and positive experience. Below are just a few points to consider when thinking how best to approach the activity of reading if you foster.
Good stories also carry information that is interesting woven into the plot which means they can teach about a whole range of things. It is this that can really instil a thirst for knowledge in a foster child. This is especially the case if they have come from a situation where they have not been stimulated or ever been read to.
A very good story will capture the imagination of the foster child as well as their carer. This makes all the more rewarding as it becomes a shared experience for both the listener and the reader if the child is very young.
And appropriately enough, a story with a great ending is going to want to make a foster child want more so finding out what other stories that writer has written is a very good idea.
The internet is a great way to look for books that you might want to consider. You can involve foster child in this – it is another great way to create participation. You will also find sites that will review books and provide the outlines of the stories which is very helpful in helping make a choice.
Finally, with a slightly older child, encourage them to create their own ‘top ten’ list of favourite authors and stories. This can feel quite empowering for a child – they are in charge of making a selection. Remind them they need to keep reading as then they can keep adding to their list of favourite stories – as well as refresh their ‘top ten’ list.
Interested in fostering children? Then explore ‘Rainbow Rewards’
Rainbow pay a bonus of £500 if you are in a position to refer someone to be a foster carer: you’ll receive the money once your referral has been approved – and the first placement is in place. Foster carers transferring to the Rainbow can also benefit from a bonus once approved to foster with us, this will be a payment made for foster carers who already look after youngsters on a long-term basis.
And the good news at the end of this particular rainbow…another of our foster children has a birthday to celebrate this week. So best birthday wishes from everyone at Rainbow.
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