1. One of the goals of an early childhood literacy program is to cultivate a life-long love of reading and learning. This is addressed in the Foundations for Young Children. In a 1-page paper, explain what teachers can do to meet this goal.
2. Explain the differences between "traditional" and "functional" approaches to literacy instruction. Which one aligns itself more with developmentally appropriate practice and why?
One of the goals of an early childhood literacy program is to cultivate a life-long love of reading and learning. This is addressed in the Foundations for Young Children. In a 1-page paper, explain what teachers can do to meet this goal?
Early child hood literacy learning presents itself as soon as the child is able to grasp a writing instrument in the little hands and begin doodling very intensively even if it is meaningless lines and very abnormal shapes of the alphabets. The temptation to write by imitation is both motivated to do what a child sees happening by his/her care giver. But, more importantly, the new activity opens up a whole new exciting realms of possibilities on a "World on paper" (adapted from David Olson).
So, it comes as little surprise when a two years old child sees papers and crayons, that he/she cannot wait to begin drawing or writing. Partly, it is the nature of the exploratory developmental stage of the toddlers to hold and look closely or possibly manipulate any new object which come in their grip. And also, the evidence of writing at a young age indicates that the child does have the potential to be a learner.
For instance, writing is indeed a demanding motor task for the young learners at an early age. They, at the toddler age, have very basic hand dexterity to even be able to hold a writing instrument, steady. Therefore, expecting the child to be fully able to have grip over the pencil is a very unreasonable expectation. This concept will have to be clarified by giving developmental reasons. Secondly, from the teaching aspect, young literacy learners will have to first gain verbal and reading familiarity with the language of choice. Unless they learn that, there will be useless effort put into ...
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