Getting Started with Emergent Literacy

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Getting Started with Emergent Literacy | Filed in: Early Literacy.






Learning to read and write begins very early in life.  Emergent literacy suggests that the development of literacy is taking place within the child. It also suggests that it is a gradual process and will take place over time. To emerge, something needs to be there at the beginning (the child’s own natural learning ability) • Read More »

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Three Billy Goats

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Three Billy Goats | Filed in: Early Literacy.






Adapting fairy tales and folk stories may be easier than writing your own children’s books. Most of the stories have passed the copyright life and you will only need to find or make appropriate pictures to pair with the sentences.  Three Billy Goats was developed using background images and finger puppets and a document camera • Read More »

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Listening Game

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Listening Game | Filed in: Language.






It’s amazing that we can listen to another person talk and know exactly who it is by their voice. I am always amazed that young children can also distinguish voices. This listening game can be played with a small group or with an entire class. Place a chair in front of the group. Pick one • Read More »

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Learning Colors

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Learning Colors | Filed in: Language.






I had a session with a parent who was trying to teach her daughter colors. The child’s classroom teacher had given the parent small plastic bears of different colors. The parent would drill the child by placing the bears in front of her and saying, give me yellow. I have also been in classrooms and • Read More »

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