I can’t help but admire songwriters/musicians. The great ones possess an amazing ability to compose and intertwine wonderful lyrics and music – no easy feat… and to be brave enough to put it out there for all the world to hear.
It’s humbling to think of the creative possibilities and courage God has gifted upon humans.
As I sat there in the concert enjoying the musical feast surrounding me, I thought about the wonder of language. It’s the means by which we express ourselves and it takes an entire lifetime to master – if it can be mastered.
My literacy challenge for this week focuses on vocabulary. My aims from Weitzman, E & Grenberg, J 2010, ABC and Beyond: Building Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Settings published by the Hanen Early Language Program, Canada, are:
- Select books that include non-fiction as well as stories
- Pre-select new vocabulary (no more than five new words per book)
- Include a variety of types of new words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)
- Introduce new vocabulary by stressing, showing, telling, relating and saying words again.
- We’ve cut down the number of books read in one session to allow more time for conversations.
- So much is achieved by observing, waiting and listening to what children have to say about the story. Just pause and wait for them to say something. A conversation awaits. A chance to learn more about your children and how they understand the world awaits.
- Conversations build up relationships.
What are you reading this week? How are you promoting literature and literacy in your home? Are there any books that you adore and highly recommend? Share the love and leave a comment, and don’t forget to check back for responses.
N & M: 3 years 5 months
E: 16 months
We are part of the following book sharing parties: