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

Becoming a Reader

Becoming a reader

In This Chapter …

This chapter focuses on the many different elements that come together to make up the act of reading. The chapter is divided into three sections:

  • Reading in the environment
  • Reading activities: words
  • Reading activities: phrases and sentences.

Reading in the Environment

We live in a print-rich environment and it is important that this is replicated in the setting. For more ideas on how to inspire children to read within the setting see Chapter 1 (The Setting).

Print all around us!

The following activities focus on exploring environmental print. Signs, notices and labels are everywhere, while boxes, bags and food containers provide endless reading opportunities.

Reading Notices and Signs

Encourage the children to have a go at reading signs and notices within the setting ...

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