Literacy And The Youngest Learner : Best Practices For Educators
In reflecting on the book, Literacy and the youngest learner: Best practices for educators of children from birth to 5, the author of this reflection will discuss the importance of a literacy-rich environment focusing on arrangement of the classroom, integrating literacy throughout the day, and the home and school connection. The literacy-rich environment promotes exploration of, and interaction with text, encouraging development of literacy skills (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005). Weaving literacy throughout the day allows children to make connections and makes literacy meaningful (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005). The literacy-rich environment should extend outside of school and into the home to facilitate optimal skills development (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005).
Research suggests that literacy begins at birth, thus, a literacy rich environment is crucial to a child’s literacy development (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005). The author chose to reflect on the importance of the physical environment of the classroom in promoting literacy development. Literacy is not one specific block of time in which a lesson is taught, but should be taught throughout the day (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005). Including literacy throughout the day is an important way to increase a child’s exposure to text (Bennett-Armistead, et al, 2005). Because a child’s learning should not end at school, it is crucial to that families are educated about literacy development…