Write about the Importance of Early Education for Literacy Settings.
Young children are like learning sponges. Early education is more about molding and honing a child, which eventually forms the foundation of their fruitful future. There have been debates over the past years regarding the types of program eligible for simple care and education. In addition to this, the major concern of modern day’s early education programs ensures that the teaching is of higher quality, as it acts as an investment for their lifelong journey (Gordon & Browne, 2013).
A union of leaders formed the “early education for all” campaign in order to have accessibility to high quality education for the children in Massachusetts. The research paper throws light on the importance of early childhood education and the bond they share with their educators and parent. Early education is given to the children in order to improve their skills and knowledge at a young age.
Present literacy settings
Early childhood learning contributes to the overall development of the child’s personality. They learn the most at their young age, by adopting all new behavior, words and experiences coming to their way. Their parents also have a greater impression on their future. The children learn from their parents how to socialize, behave with the elder ones and cooperate. Therefore, the parents’ behavior has a larger impact on them. Early childhood educators need to have an idea of their job’s importance. They must research on the benefits of early education and its necessity. The involvement of children in early educational programs can have numerous impacts on their minds (Essa, 2012).
Gaining an understanding of these impacts allow an educator to give their best and work harder every day, for improving the methods. Early education assists the children in understanding the societal differences and accepting those. Interviewing the educators and visiting classrooms have given a brief analysis of the current literacy settings at pre schools. Those are discussed in this part of the report;
Shared reading programs
A shared reading program is an interactive process, where the educators and children shares the texts and read it. It benefits the child by improving their reading skills, taking care of the fluency as well as accuracy. The teachers read out the texts loudly and clearly, and ask the students to repeat the words and sentences. In this way, their vocabulary, listening skills and speaking power enhances. Shared readings benefit the students in gaining skills and knowledge (Campbell et al., 2012).
In this process, the teachers select a particular passage and help the student in reading it aloud. This benefits the students in building self confidence and enhancing their out knowledge. Moreover, through this process the children pay more attention in class and develop their communication skills. Educators also lay emphasize on the children’s pronunciation patterns (John & Sons, 2014).
Guided reading patterns allow the teachers to form small groups and segregate those for delivering reading instructions, keeping the student’s reading level into consideration. Shared readings and reading aloud are done for the entire class’s benefit. However, guided readings enhance their behavioral skills to a greater level (Gordon & Browne, 2013).
In this method, the teachers knowingly remove a letter from a particular word or sentence and ask the children to identify the word missing. This helps in involving the children into analytical behaviors, which improves their problem solving and reading skills. This particular practice prohibits them from making any kind of spelling errors. In addition to this, they get to know the right meaning of the words as well as sentences (Essa, 2012).
Enhancing vocabulary skills is a major part of a balanced literary program. This technique helps the student in finding out the meaning of the given words. The teachers read out comparatively difficult sentences and words and make the children repeat those, ensuring that they understand the meanings. Phonetic way of learning benefits the students by enhancing their spelling and vocabulary power (Duhn, 2012).
In this process, the teachers and their students practice by writing together. The educator may write on introduction and the students are instructed to complete the whole paragraph, as per their choice. This benefits the children by enhancing their innovative and creative skills. The teachers provide the children with full freedom, in order to utilize their knowledge and thus promote creativity (Egan, 2012).
In many kindergartens and pre schools, children are taught in different playful manners which may include singing, dancing and others. It enhances their memorizing power in a greater way, as repetitive words runs in their tiny minds. Surveys have shown that children learn more effectively and efficiently if they are taught in a playful manner. Even the children love this rhythmic way of learning, which in turn increases their memorizing capabilities and knowledge (Campbell et al., 2012).
Instructions for better early learning settings
A comprehensive and balanced approach for early learning development can benefit the children in a more efficient manner. Therefore, essential procedures are to be taken at the pre schools as well as at their homes. Following are some major instructions for better early learning settings;
Several workshops conducted in pre schools engage the parents of the children. It is a sort of interactive session between the teachers and the parents. The parents come to know about their kids’ progress and improvement. In such sessions, the parents must be given lectures on tackling their kids. At homes, parents should give adequate time to their kids and keep a track of their progress. In order to enhance their reading skills, the children must have independent reading time (Calderon, 2012).
It is to be kept in mind that young children learn the most at their homes. Therefore, parents need to be interactive and supportive towards their children. Teaching them playfully would benefit a lot, keeping the child’s psychology into consideration. The children must be given the opportunity to perform what they love, or else there could be a chance of them becoming stubborn. In a similar manner, they must be given the time to write or paint as per their choice. It will help enhance their writing skills and also improve their handwriting (Bruce, 2012).
Disabled children need proper care at an early age. For instance; parents of deaf children needs to be affluent with the sign languages. This will help the child learn through usual processes. Educators as well as parents need to be the most interactive for the children with disabilities. If they do not receive any early training, the education procedure will get hampered. The educators need to take care that they are not facing any issues coping up with the environment. At times, it is found that the disabled children lack self confidence. Therefore, the educators and parents need to build in the confidence. This will help them deal with their in-capabilities in a positive way (Baquedano López, Alexander & Hernandez, 2013).
Health and nutrition
Early childhood education also involves proper health and nutrition trainings in pre schools as well as at their homes. It helps in enhancing the children’s ability for leading a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, basic trainings on physical activities and hygiene must be given to the kids at an early stage. Educating the kids regarding hygiene, safety, nutrition, prevention of diseases, would highly contribute into their personality development (Brooks Gunn, Berlin & Fuligni, 2013).
Group tasks or projects help young children learn the importance of team work. It also helps them become cooperative with other team members. This sort of activities must be encouraged as it enhances team effectiveness. Moreover, the children must be given the opportunity to mix with every diverse group. Group works are beneficial for the development of a child and it enables him/her know the importance of maintaining peace and harmony (Bredekamp, 2016).
Just like team work, socialization is also important at the early stage of a child. It is to be kept in mind that children have ample amount of opportunities to socialize with others, but in a safe environment. They must be given examples of safe as well as unsafe environment. It is to be done at an early stage as it helps the children overcome their shyness and gain confidence. Moreover, it also adds up to their development in the social aspect (Ahmad & Esa, 2017).
Cooperation and respect
Children must learn how to cooperate and respect their elder ones as well as their friends. They must be encouraged to cooperate with others, but in a safe environment. This is more crucial for the elder child, as they have the tendency of not sharing things with their siblings. Parents need to take active part in this and teach them proper values, manners and etiquettes. In addition to this, kindergartens and pre schools must teach them to give proper respect to others, for civilizing them and making them a good human being (John & Sons, 2014).
To conclude, children require several opportunities in order to get engaged into various social experiences. This will help them explore and practice the social skills of being patient. The report discusses about the importance of early learning and development, which contributes to their development. In addition to this, it provides some recommendations on how it can be done. Furthermore, a sense of well being will help the child develop their self esteem, optimism and self confidence. It also encourages them to explore their own skills, interests and talents. Positive interactions promote a positive view of the child. This allows them to approach and face any tough situation, with utmost confidence.
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