Literacy and language development builds on the social and cognitive skills of speaking and listening that young children have already acquired. Children are encouraged to express themselves, their ideas, feelings and experiences, as well as to engage in dialogue and discussions.
Our literacy & language development curriculum revolves around the following goals:
- Communication and expression about self, others, and the physical world
- Appreciation of the points of view of others
- Sense of story
- Phonemic awareness
- Making a connection between the spoken and written word
- Love of books, the language of books, and of authors
- Interests in symbolic representation (i.e., drawing, letters, sounds, print), use of symbols to represent experiences, ideas and feelings
A variety of age-appropriate techniques and activities are used to accomplish these goals, including, but not limited to: recording stories children dictate, creative dramatics, making group and individual books, reading and discussion of the daily chart, Poetry Cafe on Fridays, writing signs and writing simple stories using invented spelling.