One of my favorite ways to incorporate important literacy skills is through our Preschool Daily News.
As you might guess, this is a daily occurrence in our classroom; it's part of our circle time routine. Each day, I pull two names from a cup and I ask those children to think of something they would like to share with the class. It can be whatever they are thinking about at the time.
I write their thought on the "newspaper". As I am writing, I am sounding out the words, and asking for help with the initial sounds. Later in the year, I will talk about punctuation and the difference between letters and symbols.
After everything is written, I have another child come up and point to the words with a pointer as the class "reads" the messages together.
We do this in both the three and four year old classes. Even though these children are still in the pre-reading stage, this activity provides many benefits, including:
*print tracking skills
*showing students that their words have importance and they can be written down
*seeing how letters are formed (discuss some of the letters as you write them)
*initial sound practice
*name recognition practice
*helps students get to know each other
*demonstrates value of each individual's thoughts
Ask your child what was in the daily news today!