What does it look like?
Literacy is integrated into the majority of our day. From the moment the students walk in and start table time there are literacy activities whether it be lacing abc beads, using magnets on the magnetic board, or building the letters. During circle time we have a letter of the week and review that as well as all of the letters then too. This is also when we read a book whole group. Literacy is also incorporated into our fine motor center (writing their name, identifying letters that they put on their chicka, chicka boom boom tree) and into the academic center. Every Wednesday we do activities directly related to our letter of the week. You can read about the specific activities I do on Wednesdays here. I also do lots of vocabulary and literacy activities at my center daily. Many of these activities are teacher directed.
Increase language skills to be able to express their wants and needs.
Improve cognitive development and to be able to answer and ask questions.
Socialize with their peers and teachers.
In ECSE we are trying to improve their pre-emerging literacy skills (letter identification, letter sounds) in preparation of reading and writing.
Increase comprehension and to be able to follow directions.
Recognize signs and different environmental print that is important to the child.
Introduce students to different types of literacy (books, activities, environmental print, etc). Offer many opportunities for students to learn literacy in a variety of settings. Make sure to incorporate all learning styles into literacy so all students can be reached.