Excerpt from Learning About Language and Literacy in Preschool
Literacy Learning Center
by Laura J. Colker
What Children Do and Learn
Language and Literacy
- Learn new words like Parasaurolophus.
- Play with the sounds of words or phrases like sheep tug and sheep shrug in the rhyming book Sheep in a Jeep, by Nancy E. Shaw.
- Learn letter names and that letters represent sounds and that words are made up of letters.
- Remember and understand stories by retelling them using puppets or flannel boards.
- Listen to and look at books with teachers to learn how print works.
- Sign their names to artwork, make signs for the block area, write homemade books and letters.
- Count along in stories such as The Baker’s Dozen: A Counting Book, by Dan Andreasen. Every time the baker makes another treat, children can count and wink along with him.
- Write or use stamps and ink pads to add page numbers to homemade books.
- Look at and discuss concept books.
- Put out materials for two children in front of two chairs at the writing table.
Social and Emotional
- Develop relationships with school staff and community members by drawing, dictating, or writing thankyou letters.
- Make “All About Me” books. Children can create and reread books on their favorite subject—themselves.
- Learn about people by reading about people who have different cultures, life experiences, or points of view.
From Learning About Language and Literacy in Preschool. Copyright © 2015 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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