Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom. The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes: Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books Suggestions for using role-play Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play Assessment guidelines Lists of resources A selection of photocopiable material

The Setting

The setting

In This Chapter …

The playful exploration of books, story props and writing materials is central to the young child's literacy development. In order to encourage such exploration, the early years practitioner needs to focus on:

  • creating a print-rich and literate play environment
  • working with groups within setting.

The first part of this chapter looks at the provision of resources and play opportunities linked to the sounds of language, exploring letters, reading and writing within the environment and picture books.

The second part of the chapter looks at working with groups and includes some thoughts on group size and make up, timing, location, a positive approach, using assistants and encouraging impromptu and child-led group activities.

Organizing the Setting

The Sounds of Language

To help children explore the sounds ...

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