Friday, March 30th, 2012
Last year we highlighted six early skills (http://www NULL.rarbayarea NULL.org/2011/06/kindergarten-readiness-2/ ) based on Every Child Ready to Read. (http://www NULL.everychildreadytoread NULL.org/) The program has been revised to include five easy to remember literacy skills. They are presented below with examples from I Love Bugs! (http://www NULL.goodreads NULL.com/book/show/7606551-i-love-bugs)by Emma Dodd- a recommended spring read.
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|WHAT are these early literacy skills?||WHY is this important?||HOW can I practice this at home with my child?|
|READ||Reading is one activity that you can do with a child to positively impact their language acquisition. Through reading, children can see words (also known as print awareness (http://www NULL.multcolib NULL.org/birthtosix/elitskills NULL.html)), hear how words sound, and learn to speak words. It also gives them the opportunity to generate new words and grasp understanding with the help of pictures and the meaning of a story.||We recommend spending at least 20 minutes a day sharing a book with your child ~at the bus stop, in line at the grocery store, before bed time, at the breakfast table… Whenever. Wherever. Have fun! Don’t make it a chore.
|TALK||Simply having a conversation with your child about the things going on around them, what they see, what they hear, and what they know (or don’t) are great ways to help explain concepts and learn new vocabulary. Through talking you have the ability to encourage/support a child’s desire to speak while modeling the correct use of language at the same time. The more words a child hears, the more words they will learn and use||This book provides an opportunity to talk about the name of bugs and offers descriptive vocabulary. Try to incorporate at least one new word a day into your child’s vocabulary. Use it often. They will follow your lead.For example: How can you use the words spiky, whirry and flouncy?|
|SING||Brain research tells us that when children sing and move to music, their developing brains are entirely engaged and stimulated. Both the left and right sides of the brain are activated when we sing. Songs can introduce new words, often words that rhyme or repeat, which make them easier to learn. It also gives children the opportunity to practice the smaller sounds in words, such as adding a “s” to the end of things that are plural.||The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain
Out came the sun
So the itsy-bitsy spider
La araña pequeñita subió, subió, subió,
|PLAY||Games and “make-believe” play are excellent ways for children to connect concrete examples with concepts. Play creates an opportunity for children to expand on an idea themselves using reasoning (a bug can’t do that!), sequence (first this happens, then that), and creativity. Encourage children to act out pictures they see in stories.||Go out into the yard, a garden, or park (http://sfpl NULL.org/index NULL.php?pg=1010362801)- what kind of bugs are in your neighborhood? Look at them. Find out more about them. Visit your local library for nonfiction books about bugs. Ask a librarian if you need help finding books.|
|WRITE||Reading and writing go hand and hand. Practicing writing can help kids make the connection between letters and language. An important kindergarten readiness skill includes knowing how to hold a pencil which help develops fine motor skills.||Draw bugs, flowers, outdoor scenes.
Have your child sign their art work.
Many of the libraries in San Francisco have magnetic letters kids can play with to promote letter knowledge.
Check out this article from PBS Parents: Getting Your Kids to Plug into Nature (http://www NULL.pbs NULL.org/parents/experts/archive/2012/03/getting-your-kids-to-plug-into NULL.html?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=pbs)