How Strong Literacy Skills
Support Children’s Wellbeing
Let’s Learn About the Correlation Between Literacy and Wellbeing and What You Can Do to Support Both
What is “wellbeing”?
Per the CDC, wellbeing encompasses the quality of one’s relationships, the positive emotions one experiences, one’s ability to adapt, a realization of one’s own potential, and one’s overall life satisfaction.
So what contributes to a sense of wellbeing?
Let’s take a deeper look at the important factors that contribute to a child’s sense of wellbeing.
Per the children’s advocacy organization, Children's Bureau, wellbeing in children is based on the following elements:
What are the early childhood literacy skills that my kids should be working on?
Beloved Early Childhood Literacy Theorist Saroj Ghoting provides a helpful chart explaining how development of these 5 skills can be supported through singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing.
“Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them expand their vocabulary and recognize written words.” -Reading Rockets
What do strong literacy skills look like in kids?
Children with strong literacy skills:
- Find school to be more enjoyable and the academic content more achievable
- Develop a healthy self-image (or self-esteem)
- Are lifelong learners
- Have more success later in life and in their careers
How does having strong literacy skills benefit a child's wellbeing?
When children are not having to divert excessive energy and time to playing catch-up in school, working on exacerbated self-esteem issues, or struggling to learn new information they have more time, energy, and focus to apply to developing those healthy relationships, positive emotions, and learning experiences that contribute to their sense of wellbeing.
Again, we would like to assert that life is a balancing act for all of us, children included. All of us will have struggles and no one will excel at everything. That is a part of being human. Learning to healthily navigate those struggles helps us to develop as individuals as well. With so many different and wonderful types of learners, success looks different for each child.
Showing children that they are loved, accepted, and valued for who they are is one of the most important things that a caretaker can do to bolster a child’s early literacy skills, development, and sense of wellbeing.