Education in Indonesia: Literacy is the Key to Learning
No child is too communicatively, cognitively, or motorically impaired to be excluded from literacy-related activities. Children who are exposed to using reading and writing for functional purposes can develop many skills. These skills can help them to listen, speak, use other forms of communication, and to eventually read and write.
During their preschool years, all children can learn the following important concepts that will help them to communicate to the best of their abilities. Emergent Literacy Skills Functions of Print. One of the most important concepts that children can learn, even during their first three years of life, is that printed language can be used to accomplish many different goals. Children learn by watching their parents and listening to them explain what they are doing. Children can learn that grocery lists help us remember to get the items we need from the grocery store.
They can learn that you can make yummy cookies by following a recipe. They can learn that we can communicate by writing and receiving letters, even when the letters are made up of pictures, scribbles, and drawings. One young child we know with severe speech and physical impairments learned the power and function of print when he received a check from his grandmother. He was given more rewards money when he sent her a "thank you" note composed of pictures he had made on the computer! Children's' scribbles and drawings are their real writing.
Children's' comments, questions, and repetitions of words they have heard in stories are the way they read. We need to find ways for all children to read and write using these early forms. All children need to be active participants when we use reading and writing to accomplish our daily activities. By giving children access to using print and to seeing literate role models, all children can learn the functions of print and develop emergent literacy. Memory Support: Show and tell child why you are writing yourself a note, or making up a grocery list.
Problem Solving: Let the child watch you and assist you as much as possible in following directions to put a toy together or to follow a simple recipe. Entering a Fantasy World: Tell your children about why you are reading novels, the comic strip, and other fiction and share some short, simple passages with them. Maintaining Relationships: Share junk mail and other written communication you receive through the mail and from school with your children.
Acquiring Knowledge: Help your child to look up numbers in a phone book or to find the time and station for a television program or movie in a television guide or newspaper. As your children get older, talk to them and show them how you use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and written directions to learn about things in your daily lives.
Financial Negotiations: Hold your child on your lap sometimes when you are cutting out coupons and show them the numbers and tell them how the coupon will help you get that much money off on an item. Young children can also watch and listen to explanations of paying bills and balancing the checkbook. Concepts About Print: Another group of important early reading and writing concepts that children need to learn about is concepts about print.
These concepts we take for granted because they have become part of our every day lives. Concepts about print include knowing to turn pages from right to left and to read print from left to right.
Children also need to know that a book has to be right side up to able to read the words and to see the pictures. A critical concept about print that children need to develop during their preschool years is an understanding of the concept of word. Children between the ages of three and four often come to realize that the group of squiggles letters has meaning and that the blank spaces between the groups of squiggles do not.
Children need to have the concept of word and understand that a word has meaning before we can start teaching them individual letters names and the sounds they make.
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Finally, children need to come to realize that the print or picture on a page is controlling what you are reading with them. This print-to-speech relationship is important in building both understanding and expression of oral and written language. Phonemic Awareness: As children develop their ability to understand and use spoken language, they also come to hear the differences and similarities among sounds.
You will often hear children around the age of three begin to play with words, by changing the initial sounds, making up new words, and by rhyming words.
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This ability to take words apart can lead to independent reading. Phonemic awareness helps a child sound out unfamiliar words. Early phonemic awareness is developed by singing with children, saying nursery rhymes, and by reading children's poetry to them. We have to find ways for young children who have difficulty speaking to participate in singing and nursery rhymes. One way is by using voice output augmentative communication devices, even if only a tape player.
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Another way is to teach gestures and sign language to represent words. Nursery rhymes and songs that are printed and acted out give children added input. The print, pictures, gestures and voice output help children to participate and to understand that what is being said is connected to what they see and do. Written Language Style: Young children need to have a variety of different types of books read to them. They need to hear stories, poetry, and some beginning non-fiction such as children's' news stories, children's magazine articles, and entries from children's' encyclopedias and dictionaries.
By being exposed to different types of written language children are more likely to be able to read and understand all the different types of written materials they will eventually encounter in school. In general, written language is a bit more formal than spoken language. Listening to different types of stories can help children learn new words and learn to understand longer sentences. Children, by about age 3, should also be given opportunities and support to tell stories, both to make them up and to re-tell ones they have heard. Some children can re-tell stories by looking at picture in the book.
Others may need toy props or costumes. Story telling can lead to writing because children are combining information in sequence. That's what writing is all about. We need three things to help our children to develop emergent literacy skills like understanding the concepts and functions of print. These emergent literacy skills help children to communicate in any and all ways and can lead to learning to read and write. One way to remember the 3 necessary ingredients is to think of the word "AIM" which means to point or reach toward a target. Our target is to help our children to become as communicative and as literate as possible.
These 3 activities are described in greater detail below. Access We have to help our children to listen to and enjoy stories being read to them.
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They need to be able to look at books independently. Children also need to be able to write, scribble, draw, and color on a daily basis. I was, however, hearing a lot of pre-literacy instruction sprinkled throughout the morning—clapping out syllables and rhyming in Morning Circle, for example. Osei Ntiamoah told me that just one of the 15 students in her class can currently read syllable by syllable. Many of them, she added, will read by the end of the year.
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If the child is willing and interested, we will help the child. This was viewed as the job of the first-grade teacher. She recommended the work of the Norwegian researcher Arne Trageton—a pioneer in the area of play-based literacy instruction. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, kindergarten students like that of the Arkansas teacher are generally expected—by the end of the year—to master literacy skills that are far more complex, like reading books with two to three sentences of unpredictable text per page.
More than 40 states—including Arkansas—have adopted the Common Core State Standards, which contain dozens of reading expectations for kindergartners. Research by Sebastian Suggate, a former Ph. By age 11, students from the former group caught up with their peers in the latter, demonstrating equivalent reading skills. At the end of my visit to the Finnish kindergarten, I joined the 22 children and their two teachers for a Friday event that only happens on weeks when children are celebrating their birthdays. Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 27, at pm.
Contact s Marietta Rives. On this page Laws and Regulations Iowa Administrative Code Literacy in the Iowa Core Visit the Iowa Core website to view the statewide academic expectations for all K students in the area of literacy. Literacy Standards Review The State Board of Education adopted minimal revisions to Iowa's literacy standards, which underwent a formal review process. Literacy Resources on IowaCore.
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