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literacy support plan

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Melissa Miller

on 4 December 2014

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Age Level: 4-5 years old
Floor Space
- providing optimal space
for children to sit out on and read, utilizing all areas of the room efficiently
Focusing on daily activities that emphasize real life objects and situations rater than structured lesson plans. Children are just starting to develop meaning behind words and the sounds. Focus on the sounds, rather than the entire word.
Routines continued
Another routine to incorporate is familiar songs that the children can sing and memorize throughout the year. Alphabet songs are a great way to consistency have the children sound out songs.
Routines Continued
Lastly, a daily routine to incorporate is line-up songs when transfers happen. Preschoolers may need more time to learn the songs, but once they do they turn into a great transitioning tool for young toddlers.
literacy support plan
by Melissa Miller
4 components of emergent literacy
classroom space
Activity Areas -
Integrating Literacy in all parts of the classroom. Sensory table, playground space, arts area
- displaying, but not overwhelming
classroom space with literature-related materials, signs, labels, and posters
Materials -
providing a wide variety of
cognitively developing materials in the
class that are developmentally appropriate
Mark-Making materials - easels, paint boards, art supplies, wide variety of materials to explore
Diverse materials -
providing books, song, and ryhmes in several language
Providing open floor space
in different parts of the classroom
Display walls with children's work
should surround different parts of
Create private spaces for
individual reading
Be creative with literacy displays
EVERY MORNING: Have an opener routine that the children follow everyday. Having each child match a name tag to their own picture is a great way to introduce literacy at the beginning. A child's name is one of the first words that they will familiarize with.
Don't just limit name activities
to the morning routine, integrate
fun name matching games for children
throughout the year as a part of a
literacy plan.
Video: "ABC Songs for Early Childhood"
[Even if toddlers do not
know how to read yet,
posters with line-up songs for reference can help. Point at the words while children say/sing the chant.]
supporting families
How can we support all families in extending emergent literacy learning?
"Have a variety of options so family members can participate and help in your programs."
- Karen N. Nemeth,
Many Languages, Building Connections (2012)
Providing caregivers and guests who speak the child's native home language
Sharing traditional songs and nursery rhymes
Inviting parents who are not comfortable working with children to help you in office work
Get Parents involved by providing services and activities that will help them. Public library visits, ESL and computer classes, and potluck dinners are all examples.
Ideas for supporting families:
collaborating with colleagues
Remember that anyone can give you new insight.
Collaboration cont.
Experienced Teachers
Most teachers will a lot of experiences in the education system are more than willing to share their knowledge. These teachers are one of the, if not the best way to gain insight. They will be ale to see things differently than you, and be able to provide answers to difficult situations. Many teachers have experience situations that you are encountering for the first time, and they know how to deal with them through their own trial and error.
You can't handle every situation on your own, you need others to help you make informed decisions.
collaboration cont.
Supervisors/ Principles
It is the duty of the principle and supervisors to oversee what is happening in the school, early education center, or daycare. They will help guide you in the expectations and standards of the facility. Do not be afraid to go to them with a concern or issue, and always make sure you are following the right guidelines in accordance to the expectations for the center you are teaching at.
Don't forget parents as colleagues in collaboration. Many of them are professionals, and you can gain a lot of help and insight from professionals in areas other than teaching that can be suitable for you curriculum. Parents also know their children best, so use their knowledge for helping an individual child in literacy.
collaboration cont.
Remember that approaching emergent literacy is a complex puzzle. With collaboration, every person can add a piece of information and insight to complete that puzzle.
Use different opportunities
for labelig parts of the classroom
10 word philosophy for emergent literacy
"Promoting integrated literacy through environment, materials, routines, family involvement, and collaboration."
While constructing this literacy plan, I realized that the importance of all points we had to address in literacy. I have compiled them into my 10-word philosophy to embody all aspects as every one of them plays an important role in early childhood literary.
What I Learned
Classroom environment is essential and all materials important.
Literacy is a long process that begins very early and does not start in school.
Routines are fundamental in developing literacy for young children.
Providing dual-language materials and materials from different cultures is not an option, it is a necessity.
Every child develops differently as an individual, and you can not make assumptions too early on.
Never assume something yourself, ask you peers and colleagues for answers and help.
Know that literacy can be integrated into every subject and activity in some way shape or form.
Let the children teach you. Knowledge from experience is the most precious thing.
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