PHONICS Instruction and classroom ideas
Play-based learning is crucial to early development, however there is also importance in more explicit instructions and strategies, especially when it comes to LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. Phonological awareness is best developed with both play based phonics and explicit or direct teacher instruction.
The classroom provides an opportunity to introduce children to the processes of reading, writing, and letter construction so that they have a strong foundational awareness upon which to build and grow. Using a combination of PLAY BASED PHONICS and EXPLICIT PHONICS INSTRUCTION, children will learn the connections between spoken and written language, recognize that written language is made up of words- words of letters- and that those letters have sounds. They will begin to see the need for language and develop an internal drive to want to write and read. They will see how letters are constructed and how one might go about writing words.