HOW POST-ITS CAN CHANGE A LIFE AND HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO READ
Have you ever marveled at the wonder of those tiny colorful Post-Its? Or is it just me? It’s amazing how an invention so, seemingly, insignificant can make such a great impact on someone’s life. Post-its were created accidentally after two 3M (corporation) scientists merged their ideas. One needed to find a way to keep his man-made bookmarks from falling from his hymnal, while another desired to find a way to use his newly-discovered light adhesive. After partnering to develop their product, they realized their invention’s potential and the rest is history.
Post-its have been used to jot wedding vows (for you Grey’s Anatomy fans), organize notes for studying, color-code files, organize your kitchen (or life), strategize your goals, and even help your child become a reader
When my kids were around one-year-old, I wrote the names of common household items and stuck Post-its up around our house. Then, as we traveled throughout the house going about our routine, I’d point to the words, dragging my finger slowly under each letter or group of letters (based on their phonemes) while sounding out the word. If we happened to be in the bathroom where the word LIGHT was posted, I’d casually use the word in a sentence, ‘Let’s turn off the LIGHT.’ Every interaction took less than a minute. And that one minute provided a bundle of literacy building connections from their first teacher, ME.
Labeling materials and areas is a common practice in preschools and kindergarten classrooms. Not only does this encourage children to be more independent and help keep the classroom organized (with a little adult guidance), it “promotes communication and early literacy.”⠀
Raising strong readers takes being intentional and grabbing those everyday experiences to weave in literacy moments. Simple Post-its provide a quick way to expose your child to more print.
This Post-it labeling strategy is:
Easy and quick
- Shows kids the connection between print and language
- Shows kids the connection between letters and sounds
- Exposes kids to phonemes
- Promotes communication and early literacy
- Models that print goes from left to right
Want to try this at home? Here’s what you need:
- Post-it Notes (preferably the colorful ones)
- Markers (My personal favorite, Sharpie wide tip)
- A few seconds of your time
If you want to save yourself some time, I’ve created a resource for you to use with Post-Its. Click the link to grab your free Home Environment Literacy Labels that contain the names of twenty-two common household objects.
Let me know if you used these and how it’s going
Happy (and Much Successful) Reading!