(Unit 2) Topic 8: Promoting Early Literacy
3 Clock Hour of Early Childhood Education
The Importance of Literacy Centers
Topic 8 Page 8
Literacy skills are numerous and can be developed and practiced through the use of many different tools and activities in a literacy center.
Early childhood classrooms are rich with literacy instruction experiences and activities including the literacy center. A literacy center is often defined as an area in a classroom with materials and activities specific to the acquisition of early literacy skills. The literacy area typically involves the concepts of phonemic awareness, narrative skills, vocabulary words, print awareness, early writing, and letter knowledge.
Most early childhood programs have learning centers in each room that cover a variety of concepts including math, science, dramatic play, art, and literacy. These centers combine to give children the exposure to concepts within these realms and support kindergarten readiness.
Young children are mastering the building blocks of literacy by recognizing letters, letter sounds (phonemes), writing letters, understanding vocabulary words, retelling stories and more. Literacy centers should be built with these things in mind.
Giving children a hands-on explorative approach to literacy acquisition makes them active learners and engages them to help solidify these budding concepts. Creating opportunities for active learning motivates children to take ownership of their learning which encourages further growth and acquisition.
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