Adventures in Early Literacy

Adventures in Early LiteracyThe Adventures in Early Literacy program is designed for preschool aged children (3 to 5 years old). Classes are from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and take place on Tuesdays at 630 2nd Avenue. Sandwiches after class. There is a suggested donation of $20 to help keep program costs to a minimum and allows us to continue offering it in the community. Space is limited and registration is required.

For more information, contact Tanya Reid at the Resources Centre on 250-245-3079.

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What are the Benefits?

Parents

  • See how they can positively affect and be involved in their child’s behavior and learning of literacy
  • Share ways of dealing with preschool aged children and some of the joys and challenges that arise
  • Gain language and literacy experiences through songs, stories, reading, games, crafts and circle time that can be used at home

Children

  • Gain self-esteem
  • Develop social skills
  • Develop literacy skills

More Info

Adventures in Early Literacy sprung out of the Mother Goose program. Many parents and caregivers took notice of the benefits of the Mother Goose program and wanted a program that met the needs of preschool aged children and that continued to promote socialization and early literacy skills for children.

Each week is based on a different children’s story with age appropriate crafts, games, snacks & songs. During the session of the program, parents sit in a circle on the floor with their children, and are actively involved during craft and snack time in the kitchen. We begin with songs, then read a book, have a game, do crafts, have a snack, and end with songs once more.

All of the activities that take place in an AEL class can be done at home anytime with children, but are especially useful for those long rainy days. These classes provide ideas for parents to work creatively with their children while incorporating awareness of literacy skills. Older babies and children will often ask for their favorite songs and what is more, the songs and rhymes that are worked into an AEL class can be used anywhere and often help to calm an upset baby or child.

The books we use in class can almost always be found at the local library, or perhaps in your own book shelf. The games we use are also simple examples of how to engage with your child while reading through a book or after. Based on literacy skills, the games can encompass:

  • Sequencing
  • Vocabulary
  • Counting
  • Recounting of characters
  • Letter knowledge
  • Phonological awareness
  • Narrative skills

The crafts we make are again simple and can be done at home with minimal supplies, and often serve as another format for creative expression for children. Our snacks are theme based and we strongly aim for healthy choices, but do slide in a treat or two over the course of the program.

Come and join our class, we’d love to have you!

Sample Class Agenda: “Go Away Big Green Monster”

  • As children enter the circle they find their name and turn the card over to see if their picture is on the other side
  • Hello Song – this song is sung with each child and parent’s name to help learn names of everyone in the group
  • Songs are based on the book and are sung before the book is read and after snack
  • “If you’re a monster and you know it” ….
    If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms
    If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms
    If you’re a monster and you know it then your arms will surely show it
    If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms
    Show your claws,
    Gnash your teeth,
    Stomp your feet,
    Growl out loud
  • Read book: “Go Away Big Green Monster”
  • Craft: Make a monster mask using paper plates, markers, construction paper, and googlie eyes
  • Snack is a monster face made with rice cakes, cheese, red peppers, pepperoni and cream cheese

The Adventures in Early Literacy Program is funded by: