“Pre-schooler’s are extremely curious about everything around them, and at this age, adults often refuse to give them complete… answers, assuming that they are too young to understand.”
- Margaret Read MacDonald
by Teacher Joan
At The Children’s School (TCS), teachers believe in fostering pre-schooler’s innate curiosity! Reading and books are an integral part of our daily curriculum.
Here are six pivotal pre-reading skills we as teachers strive to integrate:
- Narrative Skills - Questioning about events and things, and telling stories.
- Print motivation - Teachers are interested in, and enjoy reading, books.
- Vocabulary - Knowing the accurate names of things.
- Print Awareness - Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, knowing how to follow words on a page.
- Letter Knowledge - Knowing distinct letters, their sounds, and recognizing letters everywhere.
- Sounds of Speech (Phonological Awareness) - The smaller sounds that make up words. For instance, “rat” “cat” “hat”.
Moreover, we understand that nothing substitutes for a parent’s involvement in reading readiness. You are your child’s first teacher.
The Seattle Public Library offers tips for parents when reading aloud with pre-schooler’s. Among them are:
- Make it a special time.
- Have your child turn the pages.
- Be expressive!
- Let your child choose.
- Read rhyming and counting books.
- Let your child hold the book.
It’s the most important 20 minutes of your day. Read aloud to your child.
Booksharing:101 Program to Use With Pre-schooler’s,
by Margaret Read MacDonald
Here are some favorite books from your teachers at TCS!
Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne
Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie dePaola
Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
The Little Engine that Could, by Wally Piper and Loren Long
Teacher Lisa Eve:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice SendakTeacher
Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
Hester in the Wild, by Sandra Boynton
Marvin K. Mooney will you Please Go Now, by Dr. Seuss
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
Everybody Poops (My Body Science Series), by Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
Are You My Mother?, by P. D. Eastman
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
Fairy Tales—I loved Rapunzel, especially.
Baby Island by Carol R. Brink
The Sweet Touch, by Lorna Balian
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Siverstein
Ping, by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese