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NAN: Fostering Language and Literacy Development in the Elementary School Years

Nannies can foster language and literacy development and a love of reading by engaging in literary rich experiences like enthusiastically reading aloud to the child, reading aloud in character voices, asking questions about the story while reading it and by encouraging children to fill in missing words from familiar stories. By encouraging children to retell stories and create their own stories nannies can also foster language and literacy development.  

Once a child learns to read, the nanny and child should take turns reading aloud to promote reading skills and to build confidence in reading abilities. Nannies should also continue to take the children in her care to the library to choose books to read that interest them. By providing opportunities for children to engage in play that will expand their vocabulary, such as dramatic and pretend play, nannies can foster language and literacy development. Well-planned field trips and outings also provide opportunities to build vocabulary. 

Nannies can also promote language and literacy skill development by reinforcing lessons taught at school. By asking open-ended lessons about the school day, doing crafts related to school lessons, and ensuring that homework is completed consistently and to the best of the child’s abilities nannies can foster language and literacy development. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Fostering Language and Literacy Development in the Elementary School Years