“The goal for language and literacy instruction is for teachers to integrate the early literacy skills into instructional approaches that are appropriate and engaging for young children and that are explicit and intensive enough to offer a strong foundation for children’s later reading success. Although these skills individually are important in leading to positive conventional literacy outcomes, a combination of them provides the greatest success to later reading and writing.”
National Early Literacy Panel
Language and literacy development begins at birth and provides the foundation for a child’s success in school. It encompasses the skills related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Early literacy are defined as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that come before, and lead up, to conventional reading and writing. While all children go through the same developmental continuum for reading and writing, research shows that the skills develop simultaneously and that a child’s independent experiences play a part in this process. As an early childhood educator, you can help each child succeed by creating a print-rich environment, extending conversations, utilizing a rich vocabulary, modeling emergent writing experiences, and providing and facilitating children’s engagement in hands-on activities and play experiences throughout the classroom. Activities provided in the classroom need to be intentional and focus on providing the skills that will encourage children to experiment with books and print in ways that are fun, developmentally appropriate, and encourage children to want to become readers and writers.
The following tabs will provide you with more information regarding specific language and literacy topics and resources to support the Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS) and the development of these critical foundational skills for children. While these items are encompassed in language and literacy, it should be noted that many of the skills can be taught across a variety of subject and classroom settings, including math and science.