Today you will experience the joys of learning thru literacy.*We know that the ability to read, write, to understand, to think and reason clearly, and to communicate effectively with others is the key to success in school and life.
Ask participants to share what literacy skills they think Pre-K children should learn.*Lets explore these four areas that Pre-K children will develop and learn:Listening-The ability to sit and listen to stories attentively. Take turn and follow directions.Speaking-To describe a picture, tell a story from a drawing-use words to describe things and communicate ideas. Reading-To recognize name in print, identify logos and environmental print, attempt to read a book.Writing-To recognize you can write what you say.
Which of these do you think is most important?**Lets look at some basic information that we should know as parents in getting our children to love to read.*The family that reads together reads more. *Reading aloud is the best way to prepare children to learn to read so that they can read to learn.
-Spark childrens interest in reading-introduce new words, analyze sounds in words-Allow children to express their ideas by pausing-Find a cozy area, make this time fun.*Establish a quiet, cozy, well lite area where you can curl up with a good book and read to your child.Set a regular and consistent time to read so your child can look forward to this time together.Children have so many interests. Take the time to read books related to things they talk about, concerns they might have, hobbies, etc.Read and also allow your child to share his thoughts about the book. Allow the child to read the pictures or make predictions on what might happen as you continue to read. Ask your child open-ended questions about the book (What do you think will happen next? or Why do you think the character in the book is sad?), pause and give your child a chance to respond.**Research tells us that language and literacy skills play a vital role in childrens school success. Having a basic understanding of Ages and Stages- can help us to understand what four year olds can do. *As we begin to understand that children progress through developmental stages as they learn to read and write, we can help support their childs development at home.*Basic understanding of ages & stages helps alleviate unrealistic expectations. *Another unrealistic expectation adults have is no scribble scrabble. Scribbling is actually a stage of writing.*Lets look at the developmental stages of writing.
***This is the first stage of the writing process. Children at this stage are developing pre-skills for reading and writing: 1) holding a writing instrument appropriately, 2) refining finger muscles for control, 3) figuring out how we hold a book and read (front to back, left to right and top to bottom) and, 4) recognizing that illustrations help the story.
*This is an example of the second stage of writing: scribble writing. During this phase, children realize that words go across the page in lines and that we read left to right. They begin to realize print carries a message and is the same thing as the spoken word. Their 'scribbles' are first attempts at re-creating what they see as writing.*The third stage of writing is forming letter-like forms and random letters. In this stage, children work hard to copy letters and words that they see in their environment. They realize that some words are longer than others and that words and pictures work together to create a story or book.
*In the next stage, children actually copy letters and words from their environment.
*In this stage, children use beginning consonants to spell words
We can do many things to become involved in childrens academic growth and development. Model writing-when we write in front of their children, they communicate that writing is fun and important.We can set the stage for writing by providing writing materials like a paper, post cards, greeting cards, pen, pencil, markers, crayons, glue, tape, stamps, envelopes, word etc. opportunities for children to write. Encourage rather than correct.Celebrate writing accomplishments like random letters on a post card to grandma, helping to write the grocery list, etc.**