Creating a literacy rich environment is important in the home as well as in an early childhood classroom. Literacy is much more than just decoding print or using phonics. Reading and writing are only two ways of many, to express oneself. In traditional school settings, they are often boxed into limited time slots and taught in a very dry, calculated way. This method limits the child’s creativity and can lead to frustration. The Reggio approach aims to create meaningful opportunities for children to explore literacy in a holistic way. Communication with peers and adults during play or inquiries, allows children to explore letters, reading, writing, and self-expression in many ways. Below are just a few ways to help create a literacy rich environment for your child or students. Just remember, that the activities should be meaningful to YOUR child or YOUR students, so these can be adapted to fit their interests.
Make sure there is a cozy and inviting spot for reading! I like to have multiple areas with books available.
Dramatic play areas are a great place for literacy! Children are already using so much vocabulary and language to talk about what they are doing and there's also so many fun ways to add text as well!
Does your child like to dress up? Try to add opportunities for them to write. Here I put a notepad and pen, to be used for "doctors notes" in the pocket of the doctor's coat.
A few more ideas...
*Remember: Young children will explore with mark making. To us it might just look like scribbles, but this is the first step in learning how to write! Don't try to force your child to write letters or full words. Let them experiment on their own and just encourage any work they do!