Children read their environments…

kitap-cocuk-etkinlik-meb“Preschool is an exciting time to watch a child explore and learn about their world. Learning English in preschool enables toddlers to have the tools to communicate with the world around them. At this age, kids can ask for specific items, ask questions, talk about their world and communicate on a much higher level than they did before entering preschool. “

“Preschoolers enjoy the idea of playing. A world that is filled with different play activities will result in better learning. That is why it is good to use games that are fun and exciting to help kids easier learn. A great deal of language will be retained and children will have no idea they’re being taught specific letters, words and concepts. Teachers can give children to paint a letters, paint words, color pictures of letters, practice writing letters, act out scenes from story books, bring in items that begin with a specific letter or consonant sound to create learning opportunities.

By three years the child is beginning to use complex sentences, includingkindergarten3 relative clauses, although still perfecting various linguistic systems. By five years of age the child’s use of language is very similar to that of an adult. From the age of about three children can indicate fantasy or make-believe linguistically, produce coherent personal stories and fictional narrative with beginnings and endings. It is argued that children devise narrative as a way of understanding their own experience and as a medium for communicating their meaning to others. The ability to engage in extended discourse emerges over time from regular conversation with adults and peers. For this the child needs to learn to combine his perspective with that of others and with outside events and learn to use linguistic indicators to show he is doing this. They also learn to adjust their language depending on to whom they are speaking.”

Mother and daughter reading

“Several tips to help parents of young children promote literacy at home: read to child, as in before a nap, bedtime, or after dinner, Hold the book so that she or he can see the pictures. Take time to look at and talk about the pictures. Don’t just read the story: talk about it. Let child point out letters, shapes, colors, and animals. Understand that reading begins at home. Children read their environments, so make home a print rich environment. Read! Don’t expect reading to be important to children if they see that it’s not important to their parents. Invite child to read aloud  If he or she is a pre reader, he’ll often interpret his own story using illustrations and his imagination. Read aloud to child every day.

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