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Please assist me in understanding early literacy stratigies/activites by describing 1 or 2 developmentallly appropriate activities for teaching language and literacy to children between the ages of 2-6.

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Developmentally appropriate activities for preschool children aged 2 to 6 for language and literacy include exposing them to correct language by reading them stories. This sounds simplistic, but it is the foundational principle of the whole-language theory of learning language and reading. I do not necessarily agree with that theory in total, but I can agree that exposing children from a young age (actually even before the age of two) to story time is beneficial to their vocabulary and sentence formation and learning. Story time also teaches children content from the stories they read. Reading can be done teacher to class, and "guest readers" help to keep children's interest high as they experience different voices and reading styles.

Stories can be carefully chosen for subject matter for learning. Stories that promote good behavior are good ...

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Suggested developmentally appropriate strategies for literacy acquisition for 2 to 6 year old students.

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From the strategies choose one that you would feel confident about and another that seems more difficult to implement. Based on the reading of Growing Minds: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood http://www.youtube.com/watch?vl7x_8XX0w&feature=related, discuss why the second would be more difficult and what it would take to remove the barrier(s). Consider how technology and content standards are related to your decisions.

strategies:1. structure a communication-rich environment, 2. create a print-rich visual environment, 3. model and teach the importance of developing and using good listening and viewing skills, 4. involve children every day in engaging reading experiences, 5. involve children every day in enjoyable writing experiences, 6. plan literacy games, songs, and other play-oriented activities to enhance children's phonological and print awareness.

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