Mindful educators can find opportunities to build literacy skills throughout the preschool day. Classroom instruction can reflect current knowledge about early literacy teaching and learning. For example, teachers can:
- Play games like alphabet bingo to teach the names of the letter-shapes and sing songs and recite rhymes that include the sounds associated with letters.
- Use rhymes, songs, and poems to help make children aware of sounds in language and provide opportunities to practice manipulating sounds.
- Help children remember spoken information by giving simple, multi-step directions for activities.
- Read books that expose children to varied and rich vocabulary to encourage oral language development.
- Conduct activities with books or other forms of print to help children understand how print works.
Find out more teaching practices that develop literacy predictor skills in Early Beginnings , a booklet for preschool administrators.