From teaching literacy for dual language learners to establishing preliteracy learning and using music, movement and art to heighten literacy learning, these activities offer the latest and greatest in literacy and language research from the top names in the field.
Sunshine. Cupcake. Applesauce. What do these words have in common? They’re all compound words! Early childhood literacy is an important part of every preschool classroom and compound words are a great way to introduce early literacy skills to your students. Working with compound words can help improve listening skills, increase understanding of early literacy concepts, and bring a little fun to the classroom.
Are your students ready to start reading on their own? With the school year half over, this isn’t a surprise! After several months of early literacy activities, children are ready to move beyond reciting the alphabet. Teachers can broaden their students’ early literacy skills by introducing writing activities and reading games to the classroom curriculum. Simple activities that focus on stringing letters together to form words encourage children to begin reading on their own and will build their confidence as they begin to read and write independently.Preschool
Learning the alphabet is one of the first things we do in school, and something we use every day for very important tasks—(like reading this article!) While most of us remember learning the Alphabet Song as young children, knowing the letters of the alphabet doesn’t stop at singing them; we also need to know how to write them.Preschool
For new readers, reading is not an automatic process: it must be learned. Guided reading lessons help students develop their own awareness and understanding of all elements of a text, allowing them to learn at their own pace. An effective teacher tool, guided reading activities allow teachers to help students focus on improving and developing their reading comprehension skills.Preschool
Language is perhaps the greatest resource we can share with babies and young children. Activities for infants and toddlers that focus on talking, storytelling, and reading are essential to the development of young minds. Within the first three years of life, children are constantly forming connections and building their minds in all areas. Being read aloud to helps jumpstart this developmental process. The ability to use spoken language to establish the cognitive, social-emotional, and even physical development of a child is an important skill for teachers to have.Infant Toddler
Literacy doesn’t have to be limited to books! We use our reading skills all the time, whether we’re reading a stop sign, a shopping list, or a recipe. Engaging literacy activities pull reading out of workbooks and into real—or imaginary—life. Literacy is one of the most important skills we learn, but before we can read words, we have to start with letters. Young children may know how to sing the ABC song, but that doesn’t always mean they can recognize letters on paper. That is where early childhood literacy activities come in. Fun activities that incorporate letters into imaginative play let children approach reading from a whole new perspective, and make them more likely to see literacy as a fun and useful skill!Preschool
Learning to write is one of the largest milestones in childhood learning. Aside from talking, it is the most important language skill, and it opens the door for many new modes of communication. As soon as they near school age, emergent readers are often instructed to complete repetitive letter copying in an effort to quickly develop their writing skills. This overlooks words being used to express ideas—the core purpose of written language. Emergent readers and writers must first be taught the symbolic use of language before they can fully grasp its lexicography.Preschool
Our Learn Everyday About Animals book is a great resource for preschool teachers wondering exactly how to teach sight words in their classrooms. Grabbing the attention of your preschoolers long enough to shape their emergent literacy skills through sight words can be difficult. Making the process of learning as engaging and interesting as possible is a wonderful goal for teachers to keep in mind when introducing literacy to their students.Preschool
Teaching early writing is always a great opportunity to share literacy skills and more with your learners! Writing letters in preschool is just one way to teach these skills and make learning writing letters more fun!
Playful Writing, by Rebecca Olien and Laura Woodside, is a wonderful resource for creative letter writing activities preschoolers can do either at home or school!Preschool
Reading to babies is a very important step in their early brain development. Parents and educators teaching reading to children of all ages should consider how early reading impacts other developmental stages and that methods such as reading games are extremely beneficial to the growth of their learners.Toddler Preschool
Use "baby talk" with infants to encourage language development. Watch how toddlers lip-read to pick up language sounds. Explore more complex language with preschoolers. Find all these resources and easy activities from Gryphon House experts in literacy.
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