Literacy isn’t just about assembling letters or comprehending them when assembled into words. It includes creating narratives and stories. Different ways to tell stories or observations including plays, poems as well as prose and other forms.
Engage all your learners and all their learning styles. Tell stories about science and math, use puppets to recreate observations. Have a variety of reading and writing tools and materials close at hand to add literacy to any provocation, environment or learning centre, indoors and outdoors, too.
Books of all types will engage your learners. But using props, as extensions to narratives, help engage students into story structures. Vocabulary cards and other visuals make new concepts and words sticky and easy to retain.
Research shows that scribbling by children of language backgrounds is observably different. Scribbling is a key pre-writing early literacy behaviour, regardless how much keyboards and other technologies are in store for writing in the future.
Encourage capture and celebrate proto-writing in all its forms. Whether with a writing tool, pre-formed letters, vocabulary cards or sequencing games.
Encourage expression in different narrative forms. With puppetry and dramatic play students can form narratives together.