Do you wonder “how will my child read and write”?
Here is learning with Experience, Exploration and Expression. None of our activities claim to teach anything to any child – all the component of Aarohi cubs (Sunshine, Reading time, Weekly special, Daily diet, Activity and expresso) are designed to give rich experience and allow child to construct her / her own learning.
We do not teach colors to kids but they learn, we do not teach numbers to kids but they learn , we do not teach A,B,C,D to kids but they learn the whole language. Listening, Talking Reading and writing is language development at Aarohi
TALKING and LISTENING – Our classrooms are full of free CHATTER (some call them as noisy classrooms) – kids FREELY talking, interacting with each other -” I did this, I saw this, this looks like this, My tiffin box is like a recatgle box, My sandwich is soft and so. Talk about dress, read each other t-shirt, what happened last night, what they like and do not like and so on … LARGE amount of LISTENING and TALKING between children hence becomes a major source of language development (and also thinking development). This is how your child learnt to speak mother tongue, so this is the most natural method of learning. A lot of elaborative, descriptive and thought rich talking and listening is also the core of whole development as per the Vygotskian principles. (click here to read about it)
READING – A child read because the environment offers innumerable exposure to reading. A child “sees” and reads a whole lot of books, notes by facilitator, labels in the classroom, codes and notices, signage, pickup card, whats on another child;s t-shirt and so on. This seeing is making the child form an image of letters, words, flow of words (left to right), sentences and so on. These exposures form the fundamental step towards reading. What the child reads he/she may not be able to communicate to you – NOW – but he / she is in the process of FORMING images of the written language.
WRITING – When the child is using mehandi cone, or combining two strips and making a form or scribbling on the slate or crayon on paper – i am replicating not just images of objects but also symbols of letters. (curves ans lines), When the child is making forms in sand, playing with paint brush, singing rhymes with actions, making various formation with blocks, etc – he / she is learning to recreate or FORM what the child has seen. These combination of curves and lines form the first step towards forming of letters. Soon they start relating what they have formed to the letters they have seen. Soon they start replicating these on slate / by body actions, in sand area and yes on paper.
When children have this rich experience of LANGUAGE around they – they’re ready to EXPLORE language. No wonder many of the kids PICK up skills required for that level within no time – while they have no direct exposure of writing the conventional way.
For children to make them ready for Language
Listening: Understands instructions, stories, and other interactions – asks questions to clarify
- Communicates through verbals – through single words, phrases and finally sentences. Asks question. Uses descriptive language to describe experiences. Sings rhymes, tells stories.
- Communicates in full sentences. Asks questions. Uses descriptive language to describe experiences. Sings rhymes, tells stories.
Reading – spend time with books, uses written signs and words to follow printed instruction in the environment
Writing – Scribbles, draws, paints, tries to form own as well as copy shapes, symbols and patterns etc;
1. Recognition of each letter, its name, its shape in print (lower and uppercase) and sound(s).
2. Formation (written) of each letter (lower and uppercase).
3. Become aware that words are a set of sounds (beginning, middle (one or many) and ending sounds)
4. Identify and say individual sounds; blend sounds to form words and segment words into sounds.
5. Manipulation: One can change the sounds to change words. Changes can be via deletion, addition, and substitution
Forms individual letters, forms complex designs, is able to write left to right
Enjoy langauge with your child.