Development of Motor Skills and Pre-Literacy Skills in Children

When we talk about pre-literacy skills, oral language skills the awareness of sounds will easily come to mind. It starts with learning the alphabets, and gradually placing two or more alphabets together to form a word. It also includes recognizing words that are heard and easily relating it to something already known.

With skills like the understanding of vocabulary, language, phonics, and numerology, it can be established that pre-literacy skills will give your child one of the best learning foundations that they can ever have.

With that said, this article will help you to see how motor skills are responsible for a child’s acquiring and mastery of motor skills. Read more here.

The Six Pre-Literacy Skills

These are vital skills a child needs to know for them to eventually master the art of reading and writing. It can be said that these skills will determine if your child is ready to learn or not. They are:

  • Print Motivation- this is your child’s interest in books that are filled with few words but lots of diagrams. Their interest in them will determine whether they will enjoy books or not. It has been revealed that kids who enjoy books will naturally grow to be curious and may want to learn things on their own.
  • Print Awareness- this is a child’s ability to notice these books. It also involves them learning how to handle the books as well as following the lines written on each page of the book.

What some parents do to help with these two skills is that they let their child start listening and reading books from day 1. This way, they will eventually form a longing for reading and learning.

  • Letter Knowledge- this is the identification of letters and being able to differentiate one letter from another. It also involves knowing the names, sounds of letters and the ability to recognize it when they see it.
  • Vocabulary- the ability to group two or more letters into one to form a word. One way to encourage this in children is to read a book to them and trying to explain new words to them.
  • Phonological Awareness- this is playing with words that have different sounds. It could be smaller words or bigger words.
  • Narrative skills- this brings into focus their narrative skills, like them describing what they see and events they do not want to forget.

The Role of Motor Skills Play

A research by Kid Sense highlights that all six pre-literacy skills mentioned above are vital if a child is to improve in learning. Since the fundamental motor skills acquisition is very much associated with the development of neuromotor, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of childhood, we can rightly conclude that there is one thing common to all the six skills mentioned above: they are all controlled by motor skills. Read more here.

You can come to see why it is very important for a child’s motor skills to develop well and fast. It will determine what foundation they will be making for reading and learning.