Preschool Language Arts

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Essential Questions: 

What is a story and how does it work?

How do books work?

How do I listen to a story?

How do I tell a story?

What are the marks that stand for sounds and words?

Habits Of Mind: 

* Pleasure in reading
* Speaking with a clear, bold voice
* Listening
* Brainstorming
* Imagining
* Becoming culturally aware
* Showing thoughtfulness
* Analytical and creative thinking

Content: 

*Elements of a story
-Setting
-characters
-plot:problem/solution
-theme
*What authors and illustrators do
* Basic book-writing
*Conversation skills: listen and respond
*Beginning concepts of print
*Sound-symbol relationships (informal, emerging)
*How to form some letters
*How to write own name
*How to introduce someone to the group

Skills and Processes: 

*Create a storybook by dictating and illustrating
*Tell stories using illustrations as a guide
*Dance, sing, draw the alphabet
*Play with language: rhyming, develop vocabulary
*Introduce a visitor during group time
*Listen to others in a group setting and one-on-one
*Demonstrate conversational protocol: stop, look, listen, respond
*Express needs, feelings, and ideas clearly and appropriately
*Memorize songs, chants, poetry
*Use language to solve problems
*Represent ideas and experiences in different ways: dramatic play, creative movement, drawing, painting, construction, symbols
*Engage in:
-Dictating stories
-Very informal beginning writing
-Classroom writing centers
-Journal drawing and writing
-Bookmaking
-Using library, caring for books
-Enjoy exposure to varied literature, forms, authors
-Participate in opportunities to predict, infer, summarize
-Use emerging writing skills

* Tell stories
* Participate in activities that develop phonological awareness
* Develop vocabulary
* Use language to solve problems
* Find the alphabet in nature
* Find the alphabet on a written page
* Dictate stories to teachers
* Write stories using guess 'n' go spelling
* Write notes and letters to families, teachers, each other
* Copy letters and phrases
* Sign name to own work

Assessment: 

* Journal pages
* Teacher observations and anecdotal records
* Review during group meetings
* Informal assessment: asking children How many words and/or letters can you write?

Resources: 

*Message Center and Library in the classroom
*Lower School Library
Classroom Labels reinforce object-word relationship

Multicultural Dimension: 

* Literature selected reflects many, many cultures
* All peoples communicate their ideas through storytelling, song, drama, writing, drawing

* Throughout history people hand their ideas from one generation to the next
* There are many alphabets used for writing in the world