Sharing our curriculum with parents/carers…
Supporting your child’s learning in
SIX SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS:
- Sing songs and rhymes with your child.
- Share books with your child.
- Encourage your child to explore mark making in their own way.
- Celebrate your children’s attempts at writing.
- Be a good role model by reading and writing in front of your child.
- Be supportive and encouraging but go at your child’s pace. Remembering children will read and write when they are ready.
Children learn to read and write through first hand experiences and experimenting with the reading and writing process for themselves. Through play, children have opportunities to develop a wide understanding of literacy by investigating print and exploring the act of mark making.
Your role :
Start by talking with your children. All the time we spend talking to children we are laying the ground work for reading and writing. Be a good role model for your child. Spend time reading and writing around your children, show them what you are doing and talk about it. Work at your child’s pace and do not rush them into reading and writing.
Research has shown that there is a strong correlation between children’s familiarity with books and later success with reading. Children need opportunities to handle books, turn pages one by one and the right way up, to become familiar with book terms and to understand what page, line, letter and word mean.
Children need to acquire other skills to be able to start reading the printed word. They need to be able to recognize patterns, identify sequences in patterns and differentiate between shapes, in order to learn the abstract shapes of letters and whole words.
Young children find out about writing by experimenting with mark making whenever an opportunity arises, e.g. finger painting or even mark making in their dinner!
When offered opportunities, encouragement and the support of an adult, children will make their own attempts at writing and mark making. It is not important or valuable for children to copy on top or underneath writing produced by an adult. Children’s earliest scribbles are a vital part of the process of learning to write and draw and when they are ready they will make recognisable marks.