Preschool years help to build the foundation needed for all of the incredible learning that will take place in Kindergarten. Everywhere you look in the classrooms you will see literacy appropriate activities. Storybooks in our bookshelf help provide a chance for the kids to grab a book on their own, see letters and recognize that those letters make up words that adults use to tell a story to them. Eventually those letters become more interesting to the kids and their natural curiosity will lead them towards learning the names of the letters. Many of the kids can tell you what letters are in their names when asked.
The classroom has an abundance of paper, markers, stamps and pencils. We have begun to notice many of the kids in our younger class writing their names or attempting to write their names. Some may have the correct sequence of letters, others may place the letters in what seem to be scattered to an adult. Either way, it is important that the kids feel proud of their accomplishment. Learning to write letters to make their name is a big and exciting step for kids!
More kids have also started to ask the adults in the room to help them write a letter or small note at the writing center. It is exciting to see their language develop and translate into dictation. This aspect of literacy began with the listening comprehension used during group time. It seems like an easy task as an adult, but for our little ones, learning how to listen to a story is another big literacy stepping stone.
Keep encouraging your kids at home. Read to them each day and if they seem interested, talk about letters you may see in a book. Provide a space for them to doodle or write. The more confident they feel, the more likely they will be to try a literacy activity at home.