Early Literacy

At Pixie Hill, we understand that fostering a love of books and reading is critical to lifelong learning.  Thematic stories both fiction and non-fiction and social skills books are incorporated in our daily routine. Each week, students have library day where they are invited to select a book from our collection of more than 1,000 titles. Weekly take-home magazines provide an additional bridge between school and home learning.

Early Literacy for the 3’s Class

Oral language development is promoted through sharing and one-on-one conversations with teachers and peers in a comfortable learning environment.  Children explore letter recognition and sounds.  Pre-printing exercises are introduced in the 3’s class as well as beginning letter awareness.  During table time students practice early literacy skills based on each child’s individual needs. Some of these activities may include: name writing, rhyming, letter recognition, sound matching and tactile alphabet activities.  

Early Literacy for the Pre-K Class

Speech and oral language development are encouraged among friends and classmates, each child gaining confidence as they express their original ideas.  Our Pre-K class meets weekly in a fun atmosphere to learn letter recognition and sounds. Rhyming, beginning, middle and ending letter sounds, story sequencing, ordering alphabet puzzles, tactile word activities, are some of our morning table time activities. Students have the opportunity for daily handwriting practice and learning appropriate use of uppercase/lower case letters. Circle time includes fiction and non-fiction stories. The children learn to differentiate what is true or false and what is real or imaginative. 

A perennial hit with the Pre-K students is our traveling mascot, “Bobo”, a stuffed dog, who visits each family for one week, culminating in a written journal entry and oral “Bobo Report”.  Our young book-lovers learn to appreciate the written and spoken word in a supportive environment.

THE SKILLS

  • Print motivation: I love books
  • Vocabulary: I know words
  • Narrative Skills: I tell stories
  • Phonological Awareness: I hear sounds
  • Print awareness: I see words
  • Letter knowledge: I am learning my alphabet

BUILDING THE SKILLS

  • Talk: talking is how children learn spoken language.  They start learning at birth.
  • Sing: singing – and rhyming – help children hear the smaller sounds in words.
  • Read: reading is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a new reader.
  • Write: writing – and drawing – let children represent ideas and words.  It begins with scribbling.
  • Play: playing is how children discover, explore and understand the world and their place in it.