An Essential Part of Childhood
At Clovel, we believe that books and reading should be an essential part of childhood.
“Reading will help your child develop their vocabulary, expand their knowledge and introduce them to different concepts like characters, cultures, and personalities”
Our Literacy Program begins by introducing your child to basic sight words (starting with babies). Clovel Pre-Schoolers will then engage in the “First readers” series of books and are then introduced to oral and written language as well as pictures to help develop their reading and comprehension skills.
Learning Through Activities
Written Word and Alphabet
Your child’s introduction to the English Alphabet will come through the three key components of learning to read – That is, learning visually, phonetically and through sound.
Children need to know what words and letters of the alphabet look like before they can learn how to read.
Regular exposure to language and different words will assist your child to develop a good vocabulary, understand complex concepts, and gain new perspectives.
Nursery rhymes and poetry are an essential part of your child’s development. Through poetry, children discover different sounds, rhythms, syllables, new words, and even phonetics. This helps develop essential language skills.
Storytelling and Reading Aloud
Storytelling is more involved and personal than just reading a storybook aloud. Our Educators will often improvise, including voice and sound effects that will create a more immersive experience for your child. The children follow the story pattern and instinctively understand the structure.
Our Educators will then ask the children questions, explain new concepts, and involve the children in discussion about the story.
Once your child understands the shape and pattern of the letters in the alphabet, we can then encourage your child to replicate the letters in wet sand, then on to play dough and finally on to paper.
Children between the ages of 2 to 6 are fast developing their Fine Motor Control so they can then learn intricate tasks like writing and drawing.
Reading a book and storytelling is fabulous for future literacy skills, but they do not have the same impact as dramatisations and plays do.
Play Acting will boost your child’s confidence, self-esteem, sense of self-worth and belonging. It will also encourage them to:
- Use their imagination
- Practice and develop their communication skills
- Work better within a team environment
- Understand the subtleties of spoken language as well as non-verbal communication
- Take up different personalities during dress-up games and acts
If you have any questions relating to the Clovel Literacy Program or any other aspect of starting at Clovel please do not hesitate to contact our friendly Team.