Enhancing Emergent Literacy Blog

This semester in READ 6310 students were asked to contribute a post to our blog.

By Cristina Sanchez

In this blog, I chose to write about enhancing emergent literacy. I feel there are many teachers who need information on how to enhance emergent literacy in their classroom. This information that I provide little information on what teacher can do in their classroom to help the children increase their literacy development. These are just a few classroom activities that can be done in the classroom.

Teachers can do read aloud and ask the children questions and do fun activities with them about the story. Giving them challenging questions about the story and make prediction will help the children construct meaning.  After the teacher is reading to the children the story. The teacher will then ask for a responds. This time the children should be able to do any kind of response, which will be able to show the teacher that they understand the story, for instance if the teacher is reading Little Red Riding Hood the children will have different ideas.

At this stage, many children enjoying art. These children will draw a picture of a part of the story that interests them. At this time they might write a summary about their drawing. The children will also include character and express a different ending. There might not even be a drawing; the children will probably use clay, collage, posters or mobiles. It will depend on how advance the children are. Using art is encouraged to children to use their imagination.

Retelling a story is a good way for the children to summarize the story. The children will be able to retell the story to a classroom buddy, or the teacher. There may be some children who will need help, at this time the teacher should continue to use instructional strategies in the classroom and monitor the children at a regularly bases.

Journal writing will be able to enhance children emergent literacy since they will be able to response to a journal. The children will be able to write down the name of the book, author or authors, illustrator, and the year the book was published. The children will be able to copy it for the book or a calendar. In the journal the children will also be able to write or draw their comment. In the beginning, the teacher will start off by having them draw facings on how they feel. The teacher should also provide a word wall for the students, so they are able to copy off phrases. The list might include, wonderful, sad, laugh, reread. The children should also be given an option for them to choose their own words.

In the classroom the teacher use introduce group discussion. This would give the children the pleasure of discussing with one another about the books they just readied. A group discussion can be introduced in any reading block of a literacy program. At first the teacher will need to describe role- play, and make sure all the children are participating in the discussion until the children are able to take control on their own. The children should be able to stick to the topic, listen to others, they are able to respond and accept other children ideas and show good behavior. There may be some times that the children need help in a group discussion. The teacher will be able to observe and assess the children in making sure they are making the right connection. Whole class discuss is not a good idea, because the teacher will only gather a few comments from a number amount of children.

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