Posts from the category: Literacy Spot

Literacy Spot #34: Audio Stories

I have long been a fan of audio stories and am convinced that introducing them as part of Immy's afternoon rest time routine earlier this year has brought me at least an extra six months of continuing with a daily quiet time in her room :) Audio stories are a wonderful tool for developing … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #33: Library Time Treasure Hunt

With reading to young children such an important component of a child's literacy development, we read together a lot in our house and heading off to the local library every fortnight for a stash of new stories to share is an important part of our routine. When we go to the library, Immy and I … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Use Video As A Literacy Tool

I have no less than 20 two or three minute videos of Immy on my iPhone from this past week. She is fascinated by the idea of performing for the camera and seeing herself played back on the screen. "Did you take the video?" and "Can I see now?" have become common requests. Initially she was all … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #31: 10 Pre-Writing Activities for Under 5s

When you actually think about the amount of control required to hold a pencil and direct it in the manner required to form letters, it is easy to see why activities that strengthen and train the muscles in the hand and fingers are so important for young children. While many of the activities below … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #30: Felt or Flannel Board Stories

Felt boards and felt pieces are fabulous early literacy tools as they encourage children to engage with story telling - whether it be with familiar stories, such as fairy tales, or stories completely of their own making. We have a combination of commercially produced and homemade felt board pieces … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #29: Alphabet Rocks

Given that our that our story stones are still very popular with Immy twelve months after I introduced them and her current fascination in all things alphabet, when I saw this gorgeous idea for Alphabet Rocks I knew that I wanted to add some to our playful collection of alphabet resources. So out … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #28: Literacy Learning Outdoors

We were all out working in the backyard this weekend - moving dirt, digging out lawn, pulling weeds, and discovering lots of minibeasts in the process...and it got me thinking about the literacy learning potential of spending time outdoors.... Listening & Speaking Listen to the sounds … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #27: Letter From a Character

The reason I love the Letter From a Character literacy idea is that it truly engages young children with purposeful reading and writing in a fun way. Choose the right character for your child or group of children and they will be excited, actively engaged and motivated to 'read' and 'write.' So … [Read more...]