Literacy and Language
Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading, and writing development.
Early literacy research states that:
Language, reading, and writing skills develop at the same time and are linked together.
Early literacy development begins in the first years of life.
Early literacy skills develop in real life settings through positive interactions with literacy materials and other people.
Here are ways we build Language at CCLA:
1. Read Together
2. Narrate the day as we go through daily routines
3. Encourage pretend play
4. Make directions clear
5. Help develop and increase vocabulary
6. Respect and recognize feelings
7. Teach non-verbal communication
8. Have organic conversations with children