Hello and Welcome! I’m so excited to be introduced to a new reader base and look forward to meeting you. If you are unfamiliar with me I have a blog called Looney’s Literacy. I’ve been teaching for 11 years. I have been a reading interventionist for 10 years. My first year I was a preschool teacher and I’ve studied early literacy extensively for both personal and professional reasons. I find the brain and how we learn fascinating. I love sharing with others that there is no “normal” way of learning literacy. It is as diverse as each individual is. So any ideas that I may share are not guaranteed to work for everyone but I do try to remain broad so that I can address a variety of learners needs.
Today I want to focus on Early Literacy Learning:
Right away I want to address, I do believe that literacy learning begins at birth (even possibly when the embryo transitions into the fetus stage at wk 9 of pregnancy) I believe literacy learning is determined by a number of ideas and concepts that your child experiences before and after birth.
During fetal development factors include but are not limited to:
Both maternal and paternal genetics, maternal diet, both maternal and paternal lifestyle choices, maternal emotional/mental state. Please keep in mind that some of these factors are completely out of our control and need to be identified not as a reason to shame or judge others but to acknowledge and support others needs.
After birth factors include but are not limited to:
Genetics, environment, maternal bonding, touch, play, interaction, social and emotional health, diet, gross motor activities, fine motor activities, and music and movement.
3 Tips to Support Infants/Toddlers/Young Child’s Literacy Learning
1. Diet: It is becoming widespread knowledge of the possible dangers of gluten found in most processed foods, lactose intolerances, other common allergies, and sugar. We’re not talking weight here. We’re talking food toxins that affect our brain and it proper functioning.
I highly recommend studying different diets and foods and find those that will work best for your family.
2. Social and Emotional Health: Our brains are social. It learns best through social interactions and hands on activities. This includes play and positive experiences with other children and adults. A plethora of such activities can be found on Pinterest and/or Google.
Of course there are many, many more and would love to hear your ideas!
3. Music & Movement: Music and movement have a variety of benefits. Everything from phonological awareness to activities that cross the mid-line. Phonological skills are critical to early literacy learning as they build knowledge of letter sounds and word parts to aid in decoding fluency later on in literacy learning. Activities that cross the midline, or that invisible vertical line down the center of our body, help the brain transfer information from the left to right side of the brain causing neurological pathways that will support problem solving and critical thinking skills. This is why crawling, skipping, and dancing are all important gross motor skills. Here are some activities that I’ve found:
Thank you Kim, and all of her followers, for taking the time to hear my passions. I look forward to getting to know you all and wish you the best of luck in your journey of literacy learning.