By Bonnie Toth, T/TH 2’s teacher
What is pre-reading? How do children learn to read? What should they be learning in preschool?
Pre-reading is also defined as Literacy Socialization, which consists of two items:
- Phonological Awareness
- the awareness of sounds and rhymes
- concept of words, syllables, and sounds
- manipulation of those words, syllables, and sounds
- how written language relates to sounds
- Print Knowledge
- Environmental print
- Link read-aloud texts to experiences
- Understanding of concept of words, letters, and sounds
This blog will focus on building Print Knowledge. The best way to do that is to read, read, read! Read a wide variety of quality children’s literature.
When considering the variety of literature you will purchase and read, consider the variety of purposes of reading. These include:
- Vocabulary building
- Love of reading
- Learning a new idea or skill
Books are expensive- and nice, hard-cover books are even more expensive. Ideally, you want the books you purchase to be used for more than one purpose: you want quality, complex books. A complex book has some basic characteristics:
- Complex books have engaging complex plots
- The plot interests readers, and drive desire to learn what happens next
- The main idea or problem may need to be inferred
- Ask yourself: Is there a conflict? How is it resolved?
- Complex books have round, well-defined characters
- The characters are dynamic and changing
- The main characters grow throughout the story
- The characters act, think and speak differently depending on immediate context
- Side note: Your book collection should have a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and genders represented among the characters and settings.
- Complex books have rich language
- The words help develop complex meanings within the story
- Language should include figurative language and may include context specific language
- Complex books have engaging, complex illustrations
- Children should need to blending text and illustration to create meaning
- Illustrations may require background knowledge or inferences to understand meaning
Where can you get started?