This is our ABC linking chart. You can click on it to see it closer.
This linking chart will become one of your child's keys to letter identification and letter sound knowledge.
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The Power of Saying and Doing!
We also teach the American Sign Language (ASL) Fingerspelling to accelerates Early Literacy Skills. Manual fingerspelling engages the whole child in joyful learning. It adds a kinesthetic memory connection for acquiring new skills and develops the small muscles necessary for writing.
Saying and signing are multisensory; it combines “saying and doing,” which increases retention of new information and understanding of language concepts up to 90 percent. Research shows that learning sign language builds confidence and enthusiasm for learning. Reading the three dimensional language of sign also develops visual skills for reading printed language. High academic standards are met most easily when children are engaged and motivated. Enriching children’s literacy experiences by signing familiar songs encourages teachers and parents to become learners right along with their children. As an added bonus, children usually learn to sign songs more easily than adults, much to their delight!
Saying, Singing and Signing Enhance Speaking Skills
Not only does learning American Sign Language (ASL) give children enhanced literacy skills, but it also provides them with an important life skill for communication. ASL is the third most commonly used language in the United States! Proficiency in a second language is a requirement for high school and college graduation, and the optimum age to acquire a new language is during early childhood. Additional language acquired while the child is young enhances their communication skills throughout life. This is especially true of learning the emotionally rich American Sign Language. New language connections in a child’s brain will develop much more quickly through song, as the child communicates whole sentences and phrases rather than isolated words.
Young children who are fortunate enough to learn ASL through accelerated language learning have an early advantage in developing expressive, dynamic speaking skills.
Letter of the Week
Children exposed to a language-rich, content-rich setting, begin to acquire the large array of knowledge and skills that build a foundation for literacy. Features of effective content-and language-rich instruction include a supportive learning environment in which students have access to a wide variety of print resources. Experiences that help students connect new learning to what they already know and can do. Opportunities for sustained, in depth learning. Children need high levels of teacher interaction to assist and guide learning.
We offer all this AND we feature a Letter of the Week. We are spotlighting a letter, the letter sound(s), and letter formation through wonderful literature, art projects, songs, and games. The children enjoy the activities, such as looking for the Letter of the Week in our names or around the school. The children work together to create a Classroom Dictionary and Alphabet Chart.