Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Take-home Literature Packs

           Let’s do “take-home literature packs!” It is a great way to engage to children’s books for family members and the children. The reason take-home literature packs is important is that it can make the family members and child to have more ideas and be interested in books. For families, it firstly gives opportunities to explore and interact with various children’s books in fun ways. The families also can have a great time with their child and make the child to develop the reading and writing abilities. For children, the packs will give really good experiences for intending the world knowledge. As children are doing the packs with their family, they can learn about collaboration and connecting with the family members.
           One of the great examples of take-home literature packs is “alphabet.” Because knowing and learning alphabet is very important to children to have the basic skills of reading and writing. If the child does not know how to read alphabets or write alphabets, his or her reading and writing skills will be stopped.


Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert
: As using fruits and vegetables for instroducing each alphabet, children will have fun with learning alphabets.

Alphabet City, by Stephen Johnson
: Alphabets are hiding in the urban and children will find where the alphabets in the city.


1) Using magnetic letters on a cookie sheet or the refrigerator, name the letters, put them in alphabetical order, spell names of family members, and spell as many words as you can.

: The colorful magnetic alphabet will be better for children to be interested in learning alphabets.

2) Create an ABC book. Write one letter per page, and then draw pictures to illustrate.

: With this book, children may be asked to fill the blank with appropriate alphabet sticker. For example, if the book shows the child a picture of apple and a word of "__ pple," s/he will fill "a" in the blank. This will help children to learn about alphabets quickly and interestingly.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Are Wordless Picture Books Important to Children?

YES! It is important for children’s literacy. Wordless picture books are related to visual literacy and it helps children develop their oral language and in writing skills. As children have wordless picture books, they can learn more vocabulary, useful sentences, fluency on writing, and story-telling skills. Not only children’s prediction skill will be developed but also they will be easily interested in reading wordless book. The reason they will enjoy reading the books is there is no limitation or stated stories so children can make any stories whatever they want.  Students sometimes struggle with finding ideas or topic for writing or storytelling. Wordless picture books are will be really good for every child such as language beginner, ESL students, child with special needs, and even language competent children.

Tuesday by David Wiesner 

Flotsam by David Wiesner 

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs 

All in a Day by Mitsumasa Anno

For some activities for wordless picture books, teachers can ask comprehension and critical thinking questions, for examples, where, who, what, how, and why. Children also should be taught grammatical structure such as using the past, the plural, and so on. Having students find all the words that begin with a particular sound will be good for reviewing phonic. Having a lesson for synonyms and antonyms is also a good activity. Lastly, practicing putting sentences in the correct order will enhance children’s sequencing skills.  
        Teachers also have some important roles for children to have wordless picture books. They can set up recording area so children can check and develop their oral language skills. Sharing stories with other classmates or parents can encourage children to be proud of themselves and also other classmates will learn various interpretations of the stories. Finally, teachers should forget to give a lot of praises and attentions to children.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Every Child Is Unique

Every child has their own characteristics in their preference of genre of books, learning styles, connections, and so on. Children could learn literacy from books with voice and books with illustrations.
Voice has a power for children’s literacy because it has tone. When children read books with hearing narrator’s tones, they can be attracted and focus on the story well. Also, children can read aloud books and they can hear their voice. This is another great way of using voice for early children.
The other way children can be attracted to books is having illustrations in their reading. Illustration books are so important to children because children often READ illustration. There are a lot of book with great illustrations and less text and children actually loves those kinds of books and still understand the story of the book.  
As children have two options, they can have the extra works such as connections (about personal, previous knowledge) to the book, predictions, evaluation (about books, characters), learning new words, dramatic play, and so on.
For helping children to have better ability and interest, respecting each child’s learning styles so children can have confidence. Also, showing positive feedback and appreciation can lead children to have self-esteem and accomplishment. Remember! Teachers should interact with each child individually because it will be more effective and beneficial for developing children’s literacy abilities. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Collaboration in Early Literacy

Do you think collaboration in early literacy is important? Why? Collaboration is so important because it develops children oral language and because it develops children’s literacy. In the other words, when children are allowed to collaborate with another, they will learn things effectively, quickly, and joyfully. There are two main areas for developing children’s collaboration, collaboration in writing and collaboration in reading.
            Collaboration in writing can lead children to generate their ideas, select the words to express them, order the words in phrases and sentences, and figure out what letters to use to represent them. That is why it is an important factor for children. Dictation is a great way for practicing collaboration and as children do that, they can express their thoughts and ideas in their mind on paper with writing words. Once children are done with it, teachers should provide responses such as providing a model to copy, repeating the child’s words, attaching the works in the classroom, and praising the children’s works.
            Collaboration in reading can be practiced with predictable books. Not only children love predictable books, but also the books help children have guessing skills and engage in reading easily. Also, predictable books can lead to develop reader’s knowledge. In this area, teacher should make sure the predictable books have patterns so children can easily understand and engage. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition will be helpful.
            To close, in my opinion, teachers should always create supportive environments for language learning for children. Many writing and reading activities will enhance children’s enthusiasm and purpose of learning.