Loving Literacy https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/ Loving Literacy The magnet board and letters are another favorite for the kids ... materials are used differently by each child depending on their stage of development and interest - such as the stage of realizing that letters can be arranged by 'color' or 'groupings'. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329309 142329309 Working with Magnets The playroom has many options to support early literacy in children of all ages. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=27500856 27500856 Enjoying exploring the Jolly Phonics book with a peer and discussing what makes the Ah sound! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329304 142329304 Literacy is also reinforced through various quiet table top activities and file folder games that the children can choose at various times of the day ... they love these games! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329305 142329305 The children will often choose to play these either on their own or as a small group working collaboratively together! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329306 142329306 Having some quiet time on our own to explore at our own pace! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329307 142329307 Book Nook Books abound in the playroom as well. The children enjoy spending time here with each other reading books or curled up with me for an impromptu storytime of their choosing! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=27500878 27500878 Moving on to the stage of realization that letters can be placed beside each other in rows to form 'words' when sounded out ... from our name to made up words created to tell an imaginary story. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329310 142329310 The beginning stage of categorizing letters in 'rows' but up and down verses left to right! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329311 142329311 The dry erase markers are AWESOME for allowing children the opportunity to practice and explore pre-writing without taking down a part of the rain forest in trees! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329312 142329312 Oh the book nook is a favorite place to find a member of the crew chilling out with a good book - love watching the children interest emerge from must looking at the pictures to starting to 'retell' the story based on what they see in the photos or from memory! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329313 142329313 The crew loves going to the library and being able to choose a book to bring back to program and add to the bin! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329314 142329314 Reading can be a social thing too ... here the babe was trying to get the attention of the older peer to ask her to 'read' to her. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329315 142329315 Having a conversation and problem solving about wanting to finish this book first ;) https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329316 142329316 When the environment is rich in literacy and exploration the children begin to find literacy unintentionally ... here while playing with the pipe cleaners they realized on their own they could 'bend them' to make letters ... at two this friend made and identified an X and than manipulated it to make her K. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329317 142329317 The wipe off board again is a great opportunity to practice letter recognition and printing skills ... and social skills of turn taking. https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329318 142329318 Celebrating the efforts of a peer who is practicing her own name! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329319 142329319 Trying with real paper and markers to make our name! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329320 142329320 Love the pride when they finally master being able to 'mark' their work with their name! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329321 142329321 Practice makes perfect! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329322 142329322 Pre-writing .... we got all the letters on there just need to work on the concept of 'rows' to read them ... but hey were just turned three so we got lots of time! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329323 142329323 As writing skills emerge children who have a strong literacy supported environment can find the tools and resources needed - this friend wanted to write a 'story' to go with her drawings but kept forgetting what some of the letters looked like - so she got the practice board out for reference! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329324 142329324 Beginning to master our name ... we now it has 3 letters and so 'squiggles' start to be grouped into 3's ... love watching their understanding emerge it is fascinating! https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=142329325 142329325 https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178353510 178353510 https://www.addedadvantagehomecare.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=178353511 178353511