Preschool children’s language skills are some of the best predictors of reading success in first and second grade. Their use of language to listen and speak, as well as their understanding of reading and writing, will be critical to their academic success in the early elementary grades. Effective language and literacy instruction for young children, in the form of phonic lessons, go hand in hand. Young children are learning
- How to communicate what they want their listeners to know,
- How to play with language, how to interact with books,
- How to understand and tell stories, and
- How to begin to write as a form of communication.
Language instruction for early year children involves helping them gain the skills they need to function socially and in their daily lives. Phonics based reading readiness program at TIPS ensures that children are developing these skills. They learn
- Speaking: Long vowels, short vowels, Diagraphs, Blends and Consonants of all types
- Reading: Reading readiness with real world, print and written medium, picture stories, phrases, sentences and paragraphs
- Writing: Strokes, words and simple sentences
While teachers plan for engaging language and literacy experiences, they are also flexible, with room for spontaneity as children joyfully express themselves, explore books and stories, experiment with writing, and listen and learn together.
The National and Local Language Learning:
Teachers recognize the importance of a child’s first language and work hard to accommodate words and phrases they hear at home. The Domain of second language includes, using language to Communicate and to Make Connections and reinforce Knowledge and Skills across Academic and Social Areas.
The overall language program comprises of:
- Craft activities based on sounds to create phonetic awareness
- Music and rhymes everyday
- Stories through big books, flash cards, videos and puppets
- Show and tell
- Word games and puzzles
- Wonder wall and word wall