What does implementing literacy look like to me?

It’s one thing to have a personal passion for literacy, but how will I spike a similar interest in my students? I can’t just stand at the front of the class and tell them why it’s important to read and write, and how much more FUN life is when this passion drives the will.

I still have a semester filled with many weeks of practicum ahead of me, so in this time, I plan on finding ways to implement practical and intriguing ways to incorporate literacy into my teaching!

Once I reach my inevitable goal of being a teacher librarian, I believe it will be easier to encourage the students by showing them how great literacy can be! I will see each class about once a week, for a short period of time. For the younger grades, I will be able to chose a book for their select class, tailored to their interests, and to current events happening in the city or in our school. For me, I believe this is where the idea of how neat books really are arose. For the older grades, I will be their resource for finding information they are searching for. I will be able to talk to each of them, and help them find the answers they are in search of. This is so exciting to me! As a student, I relied on the librarian for help, in all areas, and I was usually pleasantly surprised with all they that knew. I cannot wait to be that resource for my future students.

Before any of that is possible, the students need to learn HOW to read and write. Although as the librarian, I will be able to assist them on this path, I will not be able to be there for each student in the school, even though I wish I could. The learning of this starts and continues in the classroom. From an early age, the students will begin with activities to learn to read and write the alphabet. From here, they will start to build and recognize words. There are endless ideas on Pinterest, to find exciting ways to implement these types of activities. Hands on activities are so great for the littles!! By using natural resources, like flat rocks, and writing or painting on letters, this is really ideal for them to start creating their own words. Start with simple things, like their name, and continue to grow deeper into this, by helping them create or recognize words like “cat” and “dog”.

Invitation to write children's names - Puzzles Family Day Care                Sigh Word Fun with Natural Materials from Mummy Musings and Mayhem! #literacy

This is a great and simple way to work on words. This can be adapted to many levels, its just handy for them to be able to touch and move the letters around. Also, this way, if they make a mistake, they won’t feel stuck, they can just move the letters around and start over!

 

 

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6 thoughts on “What does implementing literacy look like to me?

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Katherine!! I have used this strategy with my students in the past, and they responded so well to it! I’m glad you have students in your class that take something from this strategy! 🙂

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  1. It sounds like you’ll make an awesome teacher librarian! I love the sight word rocks, and your point about students being free to make mistakes! Do you have any ideas on how to incorporate literacy more in practicum?

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    1. Thanks Moriah!! I love that about that strategy as well!! An idea for older grades could be the “hot write” we did in class! The students usually respond well to this, and it helps promote the fun aspects of literacy for them!

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  2. I’m also a fan of painting the sight words on the flat rocks! I saw that in your post and it immediately made me remember visiting my grandma at her home in Ocean Shores and going out to find “Worry Stones” on the beach. Worry Stones were flat rocks that you would rub your thumb on when your were stressed and it would help you calm your body and ease your mind. Effective or not, actually getting your hands on something from nature can be grounding and calming and linking that to learning can be very powerful! Great post, great inquiry!

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  3. I love the idea of the letters on the rocks as well. That is a very cost effective way to teach literacy. In my practicum last year, one of my sponsor teachers used a cookie sheet and had magnetic letters that stuck to the tray. I had been planning on using that in my future classroom if i am in that age group. However, now I am thinking rocks would be better as I could gather them at the beach to make my own.

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