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.