The ability to read and write, to understand the subtleties of language, to think and reason clearly, listen, and to communicate effectively with others is key to success in school and in life. Researchers have identified a window of time from birth to around age 8 as crucial for a child’s development of literacy. Our classroom has the ability to teach these skills.
We have the opportunity to develop literacy by continually exposing children to oral and written language, and by building on prior knowledge and language experiences.
As teachers we also seek to provide different literacy experiences. A literacy listening center would allow our classroom to provide another facet to listening and learning.
We have the chance to build a solid foundation of learning for future scholars. The key to success in school is increased language, independence and the ability to read and understanding WHAT they are reading.
A listening center will teach the students, not just how to sound out the words, but what the words mean.
Imagine walking into a classroom, four children are sitting at a table. They have headphones on. As they are listening, they are turning pages in a book. As the students focus, they are learning the meaning of language, the fluidity of language.
This is their first experience with literacy and reading. The students build confidence as they listen and and discover the joy of reading.
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