Developing Children's Literacy: A Reflection

The Process

Like usual, the challenge was up for 10 days. Each day, we have to record what we read. On each day, the report will consist of Alula's, Mama's and Papa's. I the process, I let Alula chose the books she wanted me to read for her. I don't want to push Lulu on what to read. I hope that she finds a joy in reading.  

The Challenges

I just wish that I have more than 24 hours a day. As classical as it sounds, I feel that I have no time for myself as my baby develops, let alone to read. Alula started walking. If you are a momma, you must know what it is like. So, yeah, the challenge is actually about myself. Maybe I just have to be more strict on my time management.

The Journal

The 10 days literacy project can be found here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

The Literacy Tree

The literacy tree consists of the book titles that we read for 10 days of the challenge. Yellow apples reflect Alula's reading, red apples are Papa's and pink apples are Mama's. As can be seen, Alula is the most consistent person to read for the whole 10 days. Yeah, we tried to make Alula get used to books from her early age.

What I Learned

Oh boy, I learn a lot. I was really impressed with this month's literacy material, and also was a bit taken aback at the same time. It turns out that literacy skill has to be stimulated gradually, from listening skill, then to speaking skill, then to reading skill, than to speaking skill.

If I look at myself, I don't see reading as a fun thing to do. Looking back to my childhood, maybe I grew up with an incomplete literacy skill process.

In order the child to have a good literacy skill, the process cannot be bypassed. It takes time. And patience is the key. Every child is different. They grow at the own pace. I need to be fully aware (and keep this in mind) that I shouldn't compare Alula's literacy skill to others.