Strategy 1: Expand awareness of books, print and writing
What to Do
- Emphasize literacy behaviors as you engage in them
- Identify and highlight literacy activities as the child participates
- Continue to provide opportunities for child to scribble, stamp, finger paint, use stickers or alternative pencils
- Introduce concepts related to books (books have stories, authors, provide information)
- Introduce print/braille vocabulary to match objects in child's calendar box or schedule
- Read signs and/or communications cards before/during/after community-based instruction
- Provide opportunities for child to recognize/use print and writing during daily activities (e.g. finding cubby, signing in/out of class or a learning center, match pictures to braille/print labels)
- Have children locate books/story boxes by matching to a request card (picture, print and/or Braille)
Things to Consider:
- Are you presenting the materials in a consistent manner each time you give them to the child?
- Are you allowing enough time for the child to really explore?
- Are you signing as well as speaking?
- Have you provided alternate writing materials for children with physical challenges?
- Is there a way for children to access materials on their own (if not mobile)?