There are many other ways to develop literary skills in children than through rote learning. Educators at Guardian centres support children in their literacy development by providing them with a range of different forms of literary materials, encouraging participation in individual and group learning experiences and giving children a positive space in which to feel comfortable around literacy concepts.
The children at Darling View – Market Street Early Learning Centre have been exploring literacy concepts in their own way through a recent project called “Map of Names”. Angelique Sinesiou, Educational Leader at the childcare centre in Sydney’s CBD says the “Map of Names” project came about as an extension of the children’s interest in maps as well as in writing their own names. Through provocations, the educators offered the children a way to combine the two.
“For a number of days prior to this experience, children were bringing in maps from various places visited by families,” Angelique says. “As the children showed greater interest in learning about maps, we incorporated literacy components with the children’s names.”
The educators prepared for this experience by setting up a space with large cardboard to drawer on and smaller pieces of paper to glue onto the board. Educators also supplied drawing materials and plenty of space for children to work together on their collaborative map. Children spent time writing their names and drawing maps, discussing with each other what they were doing and why.
“We explore literacy concepts by making them part of spontaneous experiences that the children are deeply interested in. This allows the children to develop a greater understanding of literacy concepts as part of their play and continue developing their learning around problem-solving processes.”
Angelique Sinesiou, Educational Leader
Through this project children were developing many skills. From teamwork and communication skills in working together on the map, to fine motor skills through gluing paper and holding writing implements, children were learning about symbols and practicing letter/name recognition as well as being creative all at the same time.
Darling View – Market Street Early Learning Centre helps children to develop their literacy skills in a number of ways. “We explore literacy concepts by making them part of spontaneous experiences that the children are deeply interested in,” says Angelique. “This allows the children to develop a greater understanding of literacy concepts as part of their play and continue developing their learning around problem-solving processes.”
The centre also holds frequent story time with active participation from the children to encourage an interest in reading as well as intentional experiences that combine literacy with emerging interest areas. By providing a wide range of loose parts and resources that promote literacy through words and letters, children are immersed in literary concepts every day they are at the centre. Educators also support children’s learning through detailed documentation, much of which is displayed at the centre for families and children to reflect on.
Learn more about Darling View – Market Street Early Learning Centre
This childcare centre in the CBD provides high quality early learning to set them up for a lifetime of learning and development. To book yourself a tour or to find out more, head here.