A brand new training course for practitioners working with children in the early years, primary and SEN settings

Aim: to understand how to support a holistic approach to literacy in compassing an everyday experience accessible for all children

Access to the literate environment and exposure to incidental learning opportunities don’t occur naturally for a child with vision impairment or special educational needs. Building a solid foundation of reading readiness skills and fun experiences  is therefore critical. There are 22 essential experiences which undergird literacy which a child with VI or SEN required participation in to enable them to take part in meaningful literacy experiences. (Koenig.A and Farrenkopf.C, 1997) Using a theme-based approach during the emergent stages of literacy development enables us to offer a multitude of rich learning opportunities.  The course: Supporting a holistic approach to emergent literacy’ addresses in a practical way the key elements of emergent literacy: tactile discrimination, fine motor, book/story skills and language development based on the real experiences required by a child with special educational needs. The lovely story of ‘Marvin’s Market Adventures’ is used to example how to support a holistic approach to literacy based on an everyday experience of a little boy’s visit to the market place to buy his Grandma a picnic. The story, based on an everyday experience enables rich learning experiences and the full range of emergent literacy skills to be developed.

The course comprises:

  • An overview of emergent literacy skills
  • An overview of 22 essential experiences to undergird literacy development
  • The story performance of Marvin’s Market Adventure
  • Demonstration of practical examples of resources and activities to create to support further understanding of the rich concepts that lie within the market place
  • Practical application: Practitioners will create their own story and plan activities and resources to support literacy development through a holistic approach.

The course will be practical, interactive, dynamically delivered and inspire you to with many wonderful teaching approaches that are appropriate for all children including those with SEN.

Marvin’s story is used to example to professionals how to extract learning. It is also a super story pack that you can buy to use with the children you support.

“Marvin was a kind little boy who loved to visit his Grandma and help to look after her beautiful garden. One day he decided he would surprise her as it was her birthday and he wanted to make her a special picnic. He wrote his shopping list and set off to the market. He would buy a beautiful flower for her garden, a little shiny fish for her pond….. little did he know that he was in for some magical surprises!”

To discuss booking this course for your staff contact gwyn@positiveeye.co.uk

To buy Marvin’s Story Pack inclusive of the story book, meet the character booklet, audio version of the story and Marvin’s song head over to

Testimonial

Working with Gwyn and Positive Eye has also been invaluable. Since that very first phone call I have kept in touch with Gwyn and she provides a lot of content for the site. Her posts are some of the most visited parts of Through Scarlett’s Eyes

Testimonial: Supporting Families, Charlotte Mellor – Through Scarlett’s Eyes

Testimonial

Working with Gwyn and Positive Eye has also been invaluable. Since that very first phone call I have kept in touch with Gwyn and she provides a lot of content for the site. Her posts are some of the most visited parts of Through Scarlett’s Eyes

Testimonial: Supporting Families, Charlotte Mellor – Through Scarlett’s Eyes