Washington Park Early Learning Center is very much a supporter of emergent literacy. Emergent literacy is the natural, gradual development of a young child’s listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities. The goal of emergent literacy is to lay a strong foundation and understanding of language that will create lifelong readers and writers.
WPELC Enhances Emergent Literacy by
- Encouraging and supporting converation, storytelling, finger plays and playing with spoken language (language is very important to the acquisition of reading and writing as print and language are inter-related.)
- Providing a print-rich environment
- Encouraging many experiences with writing and writing materials
- Valuing children’s written expressions, even though they may not represent standard writing
- Demonstrating to children the relationship between their spoken words and written words through through dictation, re-reading and pointing to words
- Introducing children to letter identification and phonology through words and activities that are meaningful to them
- Encouraging multiple uses of writing: making lists, signs, labels, letters, stories, recipes.
- Reinforcing children’s reading in their own environments they become familiar with symbols and words: names, logos and signs.