We realise the importance of early reading skills in a child’s growth and future academic achievement at Kidzonia International Preschool. We are committed as educators to providing a loving and exciting atmosphere that fosters a love of reading and builds the groundwork for excellent literacy abilities. In this blog article, we will look at the strategies and practises we use in our preschool program to improve early reading abilities.
Creating a Print-Rich Environment: We think that children should be exposed to letters, words, and language via a print-rich environment. Hence we do the following at all our centres:
Display alphabet charts, word walls, and labels to help youngsters get acquainted with letters and words.
Maintain a well-stocked school library with a diverse selection of age-appropriate books and reading resources.
Prints are used to mark art materials, dramatic play props, and manipulatives in all our learning centres.
Read-Alouds and Storytime: Reading aloud to youngsters may help them improve their listening skills, vocabulary, and understanding. We include frequent read-aloud sessions and storytime activities into our curriculum by:
Engaging children in engaging read-alouds in which they actively engage, ask questions, and make connections with the story.
Introducing youngsters to a wide range of books, including many genres, cultures, and writers.
Encourage conversation and reflection after reading to improve comprehension and critical thinking abilities.
Phonological Awareness and Phonics Instruction: We concentrate on building phonological awareness and phonics understanding to enhance early reading abilities.
Engaging youngsters in rhyming activities such as nursery rhymes and wordplay games to improve their awareness of sounds and syllables is part of our strategy.
Letter-sound correspondence is introduced via multisensory activities such as manipulatives, songs, and letter formation practise.
Offering small-group and individualised training to meet the learning speed and requirements of each kid.
Opportunities for Emergent Writing: We feel that writing experiences are critical for early literacy development. We provide a range of chances for emerging writers by:
Promoting individual writing exploration, by setting up writing centres with a variety of writing materials like markers, crayons, paper, and writing instruments.
Encourage mark-making and scribbling as youngsters develop fine motor skills and comprehend the relationship between spoken and written language.
Through scaffolded guidance and modelling, we assist youngsters in writing their names, basic words, and phrases.
Literacy-Inspired Learning Environments:
We integrate reading into a variety of learning centres in order to make meaningful links between literacy skills and children’s interests.
In the art centre, for example, we encourage children to make images for their tales or to participate in letter tracing activities.
We offer print-rich props, menus, and labels in the dramatic play centre to foster literacy-related role-play.
We present books and periodicals in the science and nature centre to help with vocabulary development and scientific enquiry.
Family Engagement: We recognise the critical role that parents and guardians play in boosting early reading skills.
We encourage family involvement by offering tools, advice, and recommendations for boosting reading skills at home.
Putting up family literacy activities like parent-child reading sessions or storytelling workshops.
Encouraging parents to share their cultural tales and customs, so improving our varied community’s literacy experiences.
At Kidzonia International Preschool, we place a great emphasis on strengthening early reading skills in order to establish a solid foundation for lifetime learning. By including read-alouds and storytime, concentrating on phonological awareness and phonics teaching, and giving emergent writing chances, we can infuse reading throughout learning.