Fostering Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom

Summertime is often when teachers take time to reflect what went well and what challenges they overcame.  Some teachers even make goals for the upcoming school year. For me, summertime was a combination of those things.  My summers included times to reflect, rejuvenate and to also celebrate.  I am no longer a teacher; however, in having to prepare for future trainings I took some time to read the newly revised PK Guidelines.  As I read, I began to remember significant incidents in my classroom.

I remembered my preschoolers often spending more time preparing for their dramatizations in the pretend center than they spent acting out their stories. For example, one group of students spent more than 30 minutes preparing for a pizza parlor story (organizing felt pizza ingredients, arranging furniture for the pizza kitchen, making play money, and deciding on roles) and less than 10 minutes acting out the cooking, serving, 138and eating of the pizza meal. One would be hard pressed to find another type of activity that can keep young children focused and “on task” for this length of time in hopes to meeting the learning expectations of our students. However, research has found that the majority of literacy skills is often practiced and mastered inside of the dramatic play center.  I’m glad I fought hard against the negative talk of “not doing enough.”

Have you often felt the same way of “not doing enough?”

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