Emergent Literacy Skills

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When children aged three to five begin in an education setting, some may come with emergent literacy skills while others may be lacking. Emergent literacy is the steps taken by young children to develop their reading and writing skills (Blake, 2017). Children who have been exposed from birth will come to the educational setting, with more developed literacy skills than children who have not (Speech Tails, n.d.). Constantly exposing these children through different reading and writing materials will help to further develop their skills on a daily basis. The role of the educator in the emergent literacy stage for children is to offer opportunities for children to engage in writing activities and book readings throughout the day. Allowing children …show more content…
Incorporating intentional teaching strategies into the program can also help further these skills. Intentional teaching is described as deliberate, purposeful and thoughtful and educators identify learning happens during social interactions and contexts (DEEWR, 2009, p. 15). The educator's role in intentional teaching is to provide an environment that is rich in materials and interactions that leads to decision making, problem solving and risk taking (Conner, 2010). This builds children's oral language skills by communication with the educator and peers, but educator can push this further and encourage writing skills by asking the students to draw out the new plan or ideas to overcome the problem. These environments also create opportunities for inquiry allowing for the children to ask questions, investigate outcomes, gather information, consider possibilities, form conclusions and test these theories (Conner, 2010). For example, children engaging in an activity that is risky to themselves or using props incorrectly, educator can engage these children to identify the problem and discuss why that they can still enjoy the game they have created but in a different context. Intentional teaching is also describe as listening to the students, listening to their like and dislikes and using this information for further learning opportunities (Outside the Box Teaching Ideas, n.d.). Using the children prior knowledge of a subject, or a subject that they are interested will help to extend the learning and extend on their knowledge they already have. But is intentional teaching the best approach to develop children's literacy skills? Another method of teaching is rote learning. Rote learning is memorizing the information based on repetition (Oxford Learning, 2017). For example, learning the alphabet song over and over again. Although rote learning has some advantages, like begin

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