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TinyEYE.com-Early Literacy Friendly Centers - Setting up a Pre-school

TinyEYE.com-Early Literacy Friendly Centers - Setting up a Pre-school

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Marnee talks about different "centers" where literacy can be encouraged and nurtured.

TinyEYE Therapy Services www.TinyEYE.com 1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)

Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to school districts and organizations in needs.
Marnee talks about different "centers" where literacy can be encouraged and nurtured.

TinyEYE Therapy Services www.TinyEYE.com 1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)

Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to school districts and organizations in needs.

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TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Literacy-Friendly Centers
Book Centre
Overview
Display books at the child’s eye level. Arrange them with the covers facing thechildren in a way to attract attention and interest.
Chose a book or two to showcase by adding related props or decorations nearthe book. Include a sign that might say, “Book of the Week”.
Keep the space cozy and engaging. Place bean bag chairs or big pillowsaround this special space.
Incorporate a puppet station or a large flannel board with flannel figures toarrange on the board.
Enable the children to make their own books to display in the corner. Staplescrap paper together into a booklet and provide writing/drawing materials aswell as various pictures from sources such as magazines.
How to Select Books for Your Book Corner
Keep in mind the developmental stages when stocking your library. Refer to“Best Book Choices” for book ideas. Depending on the ages of the children,you may want a variety of books from bulky books with one simple picture perpage to story books with simple plots.
Children need to see people like themselves in the stories they read. Ensurethat your songs and books represent a variety of cultures, lifestyles,occupations, family units, and abilities – especially those represented in theclassroom.
Ensure that the characters are shown in a respectful light to avoid developingstereotypical or negative attitudes towards groups of people.
Books can help children build positive self-images about themselves. Provide aselection of books that empower the children to be determined, respectful,hopeful or other values that contribute to integrity, compassion, and innerstrength (For example, The Little Engine that Could teaches determination anda positive self-talk).
 
TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Writing Centre
 
The children should be encouraged to make marks or designs on a surface,whether it is scribbles or scratches, stamps or stickers.
Supply materials so that children can make signs and labels, take “orders” atthe restaurant, make grocery lists, and write letters at the post office
Writing tools and surfaces: colourful crayons, stamps and stamp pads,chalkboards, dry erase boards, easels, markers, alphabet blocks, letter tiles,alphabet pocket chart, alphabet puzzles, typewriter or keyboard, stickers,magnets and metal platforms, such as cookie sheets, clip boards with a penattached
Stapled paper books for story writing
Telephone books, address books, materials for writing and mailing letters,books to read to the dolls….
Newspaper ads, cash register receipts, coupons, typewriter, inventory sheets,pads of paper, cereal boxes, and other labeled food materials, toy paper money
Listening Centre
Prepare one shelf for cassette players, headphones, and tapes so the childrencan listen to stories or listening tapes, such as environmental sounds.
Provide books on tape.
Have children recite their own story on tape to listen to later.
Some children focus better if they are able to keep busy while listening – provide crayons and paper so that the children can be creative.
Allow children to stand if they prefer.
Adventure Centre
Reserve an extra special corner of the room for making a theme, story,experience, or adventure come alive.Examples:
1. Theme Adventures
“Apples”
Make tall trees from construction paper and Velcro apples to the trees.
 
TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Line up chairs that represent the tractor and trailer that will take the children outto the orchard.
Provide baskets for the apples and weigh scales for weighing the baskets.
To further this activity, include pots and spoons so that they can make pies orapplesauce.
Offer seeds, dirt and water so that they can plant more trees.
Place a number of apple-themed books in this corner.
This would be a good place to post apple related literacy materials, such as achart that shows which children prefer green vs red apples, the evolution of anapple, or the steps for making (pretend) apple pie.
2. Story Adventures 
“Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
Read the story each day during the theme.
Let different children take turns using or wearing props during the story. Later,the children will feel comfortable using the props on their own.
Provide different sized chairs and/or pillows, bowls, and bed (which could bepaper head board posted on the wall).
Make a definite entrance to serve as the door.
Make different sizes of bear ears and Goldilocks hair out of construction paperso that the children can become a character and act out the story.
3. Experience Adventures
Boat Ride
Create a lake area.
Include a rubber dingy, a life preserver, fishing poles, life jackets, binoculars, asand table with accessories and so on.
4. Fantasy Adventure
“Air plane ride to Dinosaur Land”
Line up chairs to make an airplane
Use “parachutes” to jump out of the plane!
Sneak around Dinosaur Land to see what you can find.
Include a sandbox so you can dig for fossils, eggs, and dinosaurs

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