Language Development

We focus on providing hands-on experiences that help children develop speaking and listening skills as well as planning activities which motivate them to express their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Language development occurs across all areas of curriculum as we talk with each other and verbally share information. Our goal is to help children begin to understand how reading, writing, speaking, and listening are relevant to their everyday lives. This understanding will prepare them for the instruction they will receive in kindergarten as they begin to learn to read and write. Some activities specific to the area of curriculum include:

seeing letters and words (a “print rich” environment)

library activities including a classroom “Book Center” and for the kindergarten, field trips to the public library

singing

daily story time

drawing or playwriting

cooking from recipes

storytelling

playing with puppets

listening to and telling stories on tape recorders

learning to recognize their names

creating books

dramatic play