10 ways to create a literacy rich environment
The following Rockstar Sunday guest post is written by Kate of An Everyday Story. Kate is a former teacher who now homeschools her two littles using the Reggio Emilia Approach.
I love her blog, and you will too.
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- 10 Ways to Create a Literacy Rich Environment, by Kate Gribble
Hi everyone. We are an Australian homeschooling family. I have two lovely little ones, Jack (5yrs) and Sarah (3yrs). Right from the beginning we knew we would homeschool. When my son was about a year old I can across the Reggio Emilia Approach.
As a former high school teacher (specialising in literacy and learning support), everything I read about Reggio challenged my fundamental beliefs of how children learn, but most significantly, how children should be taught.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education. It values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. The Reggio Emilia Approach believes every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and that this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town (and surrounding areas) of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative early childhood education. Some of the fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach include:
- Children are capable of constructing their own meaning – they are driven by their interests to know and understand more
- Children are communicators – Children are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a collaborative process; rather than the child asking a question and the adult offering the answers. The search is undertaken together.
- The environment is the third teacher – The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. Whether a playroom or a classroom, each material is carefully selected to encourage children to delve deeper into their interests
- A child-led project approach – Learning isn’t predetermined months in advance; learning emerges based on the children’s interests and questions
- The Hundred Languages of Children – The belief that children learn in many different ways; each way as valuable as the next. The idea that children learn through painting and drawing, through building and dance, through drama and music and that each of these ways needs to be nurtured
- Learning and play are not separated – They are interconnected. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasises hands-on discovery learning that allows the child to use all their senses and all their languages to learn.
Today I thought I would share with you some of the ways we approach literacy and language learning in our homeschool:
10 Ways to Create a Literacy Rich Environment
2: Creating meaningful language in context – have an authentic reason for reading and writing
- read to find answers
- write lists
- write questions
- write postcards
- write thank you cards
- write instructions – recipe cards, treasure maps, rules for games
3: Providing writing materials with toys
4: Including literacy materials in the dress-ups
7. Reading. Read widely and often
8: Using hands-on materials in favour of worksheets
9: Creating exploration shelves based on the kids’ interests which include reference books and writing materials
10: Keeping a writing journal
I hope you have enjoyed a small peek inside our child-led Reggio-inspired homeschool. I look forward to seeing you all again soon over on my blog, An Everyday Story.
Thank you so much, Kate!
Kate is a former high school teacher. Now, inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and Project-based Homeschooling, she is homeschooling her two children. Find her at her blog, An Everyday Story, and connect with her on:
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This post is part of our new Rockstar Sunday posts. Each week, I will highlight one ‘rockstar’ in the parenting and education field. These posts? Seriously awesome.
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