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Making Language Come Alive

Posted by: Rhonda September 2, 2014

Learning to read—that academic skill that is considered necessary to school and life success—looms heavily for children, even in preschool. But how do children develop strong literacy skills and what can early childhood teachers do to support them in a sensible, developmentally appropriate manner? For too many children, learning to read has become a daunting, high stakes chore to be mastered in order to score well on standardized tests.

“Teaching reading controversies have raged for more than 50 years starting with the publication in 1955 of Why Johnny Can’t Read. Since then there have been enough books, articles, and research papers about the subject to circle the globe. But perhaps ‘Johnny can’t read’ because the joy, excitement, and relevance of reading has been removed from the young child’s introduction to language and literacy.”

How can the element of joy be re-embedded in the learning process? Author, consultant, and teacher, Judi Pack, points us to the enchanting methods of Vivian Gussin Paley to make language come alive for young children. Using Paley’s “Story Telling/Story Acting” approach gives the children “a daily dose of rich language experience”—the best preparation for later reading skills. Read the article.