What is Emergent Writing?
How do children learn to write? It begins with mark making experiences with older infants and continues thru the preschool and early elementary school years. Discover the definition and stages of emergent writing and best practices to promote the writing process in early childhood.
Resources: So Much More Than the ABCs, The Intentional Teacher
We have heard it time and time again – reading to babies is essential in developing vocabulary and enhancing literacy development. Guess what? It is true!
But what does that experience look like? Here are some suggestions for reading experiences with babies.
First of all, just because a book is published in a board book format does not mean the text is developmentally appropriate. It is fine for the baby holding, mouthing, and experiencing, but if you are going for the reading experience, I suggest a simple picture per page with a plain background and minimal text (one sentence per page at most). Books to consider:
Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
Baby Faces by DK Publishing
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
When reading with babies, tap on the page to direct their eyes to the picture before you read the text. You might tap on the page again after reading it.
Always follow baby’s cues. If he/she keep turning to a particular page, keep reading that page then talk about it. “What do you see?” or “Why is the baby happy?”
Really and truly, the best thing you can do to promote literacy development is ensure your baby continually hears language (from an actual person, not an electronic device) and create nurturing, positive experiences with books!
Physical Development and Writing
“Pre-K is too late for many children”
Yes it is true – Learning begins the moment a child is born.
Keep in mind, it is not necessary to start flash cards or download “educational apps” to put your infants ahead of the game. (and in fact – please don’t do that.) Instead, it is as simple as spending time with your babies/ children, having face to face time with them, singing and reading to them, playing with them, and building relationships with them. That is honestly what will help them become “school ready”!
BTW – in my opinion this is not just a low-income issue.
“Neural pathways are laid from the moment of birth and throughout a child’s earliest years. If a child doesn’t receive sufficient affection, language stimulation, attuned responses and more from birth to age 4, she or he will arrive at Pre-K with deficits that can never be entirely eliminated. Though it’s shocking to consider, these children truly have been brain-damaged in a subtle way.”
(Dallas News Opinion – Pre-K is too late for some children)