ECE108 Supporting Communication and Emergent Literacy through Play revisits the notion of integration in play-based curriculum, and the process of meaning-making for young children ages birth through eight. It is framed by the principles of developmentally appropriate practice, guided by the assumption that children learn best through activities that are meaningful and relevant to them. In the context of the development of communication and emergent literacy, this entails the use of stories, books, and variety of play-based activities that are of relevance and high interest to children, as well as many everyday opportunities for interaction and conversations with patient, nurturing, knowledgeable, intentional teachers who are skilful in scaffolding and extending learning experiences. As such, activities and strategies for supporting children’s development as curious, persistent, flexible, reflective, and collaborative communicators will be discussed.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July