Teaching Paul the Foundational Skills Required for Literacy Achievement: Part One

Good afternoon and happy Wednesday! When Paul turned 8 months old, he finally reached an age where he loved to read books. As an early childhood educator and a post-graduate student studying literacy, I want to ensure that I provide Paul with an early childhood education that will ensure that he obtains literacy achievement. These are the elements that I am currently teaching to foster his literacy achievement.

  1. Teaching Concepts About Print.
    • Every time I read to Paul, I:
      • show him how to hold the book properly.
      • I tell him that we are looking at the front cover of the book.
      • I point to the title and read it to him while ensuring that he is following along with my finger as I point to each word. This teaches him that I am reading words; and it teaches him that we read print from left to right.
      • I tell him who the author is, and what the author does. Then I show him the words on the front cover as well as throughout the book.
      • I tell him who the illustrator is and what an illustrator does; and then I point to the pictures on the front cover and throughout the book. I explain that the pictures always depict an illustration that matches the text.
      • As we read the book, I point to all the words as I read them and talk about the illustrations on the page.
      • I always ask Paul to turn the page, and when we reach the back cover; we talk about it and I explain that we have reached the end of the book.
  2. Teaching Letter and Sound Knowledge.
    • I am currently teaching Paul about the alphabet by helping him to identify letters; their shapes; and their sounds. We are currently working on the letter P.
  3. Teaching Vocabulary.
    • When Matt and I speak to Paul, we speak to him in full sentences and use simple and complex language. The more language he is exposed to, the more language he will acquire. The more he hears language being spoken to him and, later, the more he practices language; the better his understanding of semantics, syntax, and phonology will become.
  4. Teaching that there is a purpose for learning to read and write.
    • Paul sees Matt and I reading and writing. We always explain why we are reading; why we are writing; and why it is important to read and write.

There are many elements of literacy that need to be understood before acquiring literacy achievement. By showing Paul that we value language, reading and writing; that there is a purpose for learning how to read and write; and by teaching him the above skills from an early age; we are ensuring the he is learning the foundational skills required for literacy achievement.

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Thank you for reading! I hope that you have a happy Wednesday! =D

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