Here is a fun and simple way to help your children build early literacy skills.
I typed the word Dinosaur (any word will work) in a font that resembled some magnetic letters I have in the daycare. After printing it, I invited each child to find the letters that matched the word from the stack of alphabets.
Some children may place the letters backwards, do not worry about that right now. Young children have a tendency to do that however, they usually move away from writing their letters backward or upside down by the time they get to second grade.
It’s not surprising to see children struggle with correct letter formation. I allay parents / caregivers children usually write their letters in the correct format by the time they get to second or third grade. By that time they should know the ‘d’ different from the ‘b’.
Also remember we are living in modern times where help is very much accessible. If children are struggling with their letter or number identification or formation there is always help available from qualified personnels (when that time comes their Elementary Schools will handle the referrals).
What are some ways to help build early literacy skills in your daycare?
- Write the children’s names on chairs, books, cubbies, water bottles, cots etc.
- Read stories – everyday should be a story day
- Allow children to look through books
- Teach them how to read books (Left to Right )
- Make story cards, rocks, sticks or story boards
- Allow children to scribble, color, crayon and make many art
- Have many conversations with them. Instead of having circle time – use that time to have dialogues. Build your lessons around conversations.
Until next time – have fun with your mixed aged learners.
ps remember any word will work for this activity.
x0x0 – Miss Sue