As we created The Reading Corner curriculum, we sat down as a team and decided which sight words children should know; in what sequence they should be written; and how often we should introduce new words. Literacy Stories follow the Sight Word scope embedded in our yearlong curriculum. The sentence strands get a little longer as the stories develop.
During emergent literacy, children move through a series of stages while they are learning to write. The stages reflect a child's growing knowledge of the conventions of literacy, including letters, sounds and spacing of words within sentences. Almost every interaction in a child's world is preparing them to become a reader and writer. The stages are:
Handwriting is one of the most important skills a young learner needs to master. Because handwriting is a basic tool used in so many areas — taking notes, taking tests, and doing homework — handwriting can have a huge effect on school performance, good OR bad.
Sorting is an important skill for preschool-age children. It is a way to organize and make sense of their world. I just love watching a child wrap their brain around a pile of words, objects or pictures and try to make sense of it. Sorts lend themselves to some great implicit teaching moments. Implicit teaching means we give information or a problem to the child and allow them to come to their own conclusions, make connections, and moving backward into a learning skill.
“I heard of this little bird called The Word Bird. He’s kind of like the leprechaun. He loves to sneak into classrooms and leave a mess of words while having a bit of fun with kids. The Word Bird is a tiny bird with sparkly, light blue feathers, and he has a little red backpack that is filled with words or letters or colors. The Word Bird finds a tiny entrance into classrooms; flies in; grabs some words out of his redbackpack; and slaps them all over the classroom as soon as he finds a new classroom of kids to trick.He stays the rest of the year. I went over to the window, and guess what I found?”
How can you make learning fun for your child? In the sandbox! Have some early literacy fun with alphabet find in the sand box. Bury plastic letters of the alphabet and have your child dig them up and tell you what letter they found. It’s a great way for them to learn and fun for parents and children.