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Emergent Literacy

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Literacy is facilitated through multimedia. We can read books, create or retell a story using props or puppets, use art materials to create illustrations, technology and oral storytelling.

Written by: Leah Brookes  

Emergent Literacy

 

The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.

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Literacy is facilitated through multimedia. We can read books, create or retell a story using props or puppets, use art materials to create illustrations, technology and oral storytelling.

Books can be the base for helping children to understand a concept. For example Who Sank The Boat by Pamela Allen can be followed by floating and sinking activities. Wombat Stew, by Marcia Vaughan, can lead on to a cooking experience or playing in an outside pretend kitchen. 

After reading a story, create a story basket. Using a basket or box collect the props you need to retell the story from around the house. If there is a prop you don’t have try making it out of art and craft materials. For example a frog can simply be a painted stone or cut a frog shape out of an old cereal box and colour it in. Keep the book in the basket with the props. This supports your child to recall the story as they retell it using props. Through this play they also learn that stories have a beginning, middle and end. It can also be a way for children to unwind and relax at rest time.

Children love to reread favourite books. Books that rhyme, have a rhythm and feature repetition support children to be able to recall the story. Children’s author Linley Dodd, who wrote the Hairy Maclary series, is a master of this craft. The rhythm of the story engages children, the familiar predictable text supports them to remember the words, recalling the story as they join in the reading. The story builds to an exciting and suspenseful conclusion which children can anticipate.

 
 
 
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