Promoting Early Literacy Skills Through Storytelling, Reading, Phonics And Experiences. 

Learning literacy early on in a child’s development is extraordinarily important to ensuring a well-rounded education and broad set of soft skills. Learning letters, sounds and vocabulary in children’s early learning environments is fundamentally related to how children perform in these areas later on in life. Storytelling, reading, phonics and hands-on experiences are the most effective way to teach children early literacy skills. In this article we discuss these modes and how they’re applied to an early learning environment in order to promote good foundations. 

The Magic of Storytelling 

Reading stories to children is a magic activity that captures their imagination and fosters a love for letters. Reading out loud to a child from an open book and pointing to words as they are read is the best way to teach children an appreciation for literary complexities, nuances and subtleties. This fosters a love of books in kids and develops their comprehension, listening skills and vocabulary. Bright, picture-filled books are easiest to engage the attention of youngsters with and are simple enough to understand whilst being stimulating in the aforementioned modes. 

Reading Adventures 

There are a plethora of franchises which deliver wonderful adventures upon their pages and trigger the creativity of children in their telling. ‘Dr Seuss’, ‘Grug’ and ‘The Adventures of Snugglepot And Cuddlepie are just some stories that have been canonified in Australian culture and teach children local values. These books are capable of holding children’s attention for extended durations. Choosing the right literary resources can enhance language development, build phonemic awareness and expand knowledge of Australiana. When you have a library stocked full of genius it makes it easy to develop a reading routine too, that is important. 

Exploring Phonics 

An exciting adventure into the world of phonics teaches the place where letters and sounds come together to unlock the wonders of reading and spelling! Phonics is like a secret code that helps us crack the mysteries of language. By learning phonics, children gain the superpower to read and spell words with confidence. Imagine the thrill of discovering that each letter has its own unique sound, and when combined, they create a symphony of words. Teachers and parents can play games with their kids that match letters with their sounds, solve puzzles and unravel the magic of decoding. 

Hands-On Experiences 

Dramatic, playful hands-on experiences are a key tool used to teach children early literacy skills. Dramatic play, puppeteering and group discussions on other topics relevant to a child’s early education can be thought-provoking and produce learning outcomes which promote high-achievement later in life. Experiential learning expands vocabularies, develops communication skills and enhances children’s own storytelling abilities. You should encourage children to lead you through their imaginary worlds and explain what they think about the objects and people around them. Engaging in conversation is the most integral foundation to a child’s literacy abilities and stimulating their ability to describe and explain is a fundamental part of a healthy development. 

Contact Robyn Taylor     

At Robyn Taylor Early Childhood Centre, we keep a safe and stimulating environment for your children to learn literacy skills in. If you would like to learn more about the Robyn Taylor Teaching Method, book a tour of our education centre or enrol your child, please use our contact page to reach out to us or call on 02 9705 8309.