Tomorrow is International Literacy Day. It has been celebrated on 8 September for over fifty years. The purpose of the day is to remind the international community of the importance of literacy and to eradicate illiteracy around the world. It values literacy education for young people the world over. This year’s theme is Literacy and skills development and focuses on the integration of literacy with other skills to enhance people’s lives and employment opportunities.
In our early childhood classrooms, the focus is always on the development of literacy. A strong foundation in both reading and writing enables children to be more successful learners at school and independent learners out of school. It provides them with skills essential to full participation in and contribution to our world. While we may not be ostensibly training them for future employment, the literacy skills they learn in early childhood form the foundation upon which that learning develops.
The idea of integrating literacy development with other skills is not unfamiliar to early childhood classrooms. The most effective approaches focus on teaching skills in meaningful contexts rather than in isolation.
In celebration of International Literacy Day this year, I have uploaded some new resources to the literacy collection. As with other readilearn literacy resources, the focus is on teaching literacy skills in context.
Goldilocks and her Friends the Three Bears is an innovation on the traditional story. Presented as an estory to be displayed and read on the interactive whiteboard, the estory can be used as:
- a shared reading
- a stimulus for discussion, retelling and writing
- a text for teaching literacy skills
The resource is best used with children who are familiar with the original story as it encourages them to make comparisons and predictions. Children are encouraged to suggest alternative endings to the story and discuss and write their own versions.
Suggestions included with the resource include ideas for teaching
- one-for-one matching
- letter/sound correspondence
- sight words
- sentence structure
- punctuation; including capital letters, full stops, commas, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation marks
A printable version of the story is also included in the resource.
Goldilocks sight words is a list of 52 high-frequency words that appear in the estory Goldilocks and her Friends the Three Bears. The words are presented with six to a page in a format that can be printed and stapled into booklets to support children’s learning of the sight words after they have read the estory.
While children need to learn to recognise the words by sight, the words are best learned in context. For this reason, the words are presented in isolation on the front of a page, and on the back are supported by a picture and sentence from the story.
Goldilocks sight words checklist presents all 52 high-frequency words from the story on one page. It can be used to record the words a child recognises by sight. If used prior to lessons involving the estory or sight words booklets, the effectiveness of instruction can be measured.
Keep an eye out for other resources to be added to the Goldilocks suite soon, including cut-outs to assist story retelling and a crossword for reading comprehension, word recognition and spelling. Let me know if there are any other resources you would like included.
The focus of readilearn literacy resources is on the development of skills in context, including in these favourites:
Be sure to check out these and others in the readilearn literacy collection.
Note: For a really fun retelling of the Goldilocks story, read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.
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