Pre-Literacy Practice

C5 Festival of Learning 2018 – Public Demonstration

Children working with their teachers in public with parents and family members as chaperones.

Learning Group/Classroom:  Starfish-Pacific

Program: Toddlers – Ages: 1.5-2.5 years old

Children: Dorothy, Everett, Galen, Malia, Rosalind, and Winston

Teachers: Jane, Emily, and Van

Title of Demonstration: Pre-Literacy Practice

Location: CA Center Great Hall
Date: May 2, 2018-Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Objective: Demonstrate that pre-literacy skills develop at an early age.

What the children might be learning and developing:

  1. mimic teachers taking notes
  2. marks of paper representing words
  3. developing fine motor coordination
  4. associations
  5. cognitive representations
  6. literacy skills
  7. focus

Our infants are building a strong foundation for early literacy skills at a young age.  The very basics are being practiced throughout the day: holding a book, turning its pages, and watching their teachers reading from left-to-right.  They are beginning to understand how books “work,” how they connect the reader, and how they relate to the listener when read out loud.  When a book is read to them, the infants are developing the cognitive skills required to connect sounds into words and words into meaning.  When they listen to the reader’s changing tone, rhythm patterns, voice inflection, and repeating phrasing, they are learning how language is formed and an essential element of communication.  Infants who are exposed to books, reading, and story-telling at an early age are more likely to develop strong communication skills and a love of books as they get older.  Learn more about our Infant Program.