This task requires you to implement an interest-based emergent literacy project with a small group of children (between three-five children in total between the ages of three and five years). Ensure you obtain parental permission. The project should be implemented over a period of time (i.e. not all on one day) and you should allow at least five weeks to plan, implement and write-up this assessment task.
To implement your emergent literacy project, you will need to:
1. Document the children’s interests to determine an appropriate story/picture book to read to the group as the starting point for your project. Consider how you will present and read the storybook to draw the children’s attention to concepts of literacy.
2. Based on the themes introduced in the book, plan and implement four (4) play-based learning experiences that focus on developing the children’s language and literacy while allowing them to learn more about their topic of interest. These experiences should introduce opportunities for talk, new vocabulary and print materials to encourage emergent literacy (oral, visual and written) understandings in the children. Your experiences should consider early childhood pedagogical practices and be mindful of the role you will play in extending the children’s literacy during the implementation of the experiences.
3. During the project, record/document your planning process and the children’s interactions (child:child and adult:child) during the learning experiences. You can document the children’s experiences and your own decision-making processes through the use of whatever recording method/s you prefer. Some possibilities include a diary, photographs and examples of children’s drawing/writing or artefacts. You should document the children’s responses which indicate how the project might contribute to their emergent literacy. A selection of this material should be included as an appendix, and referred to throughout your discussion, as outlined below.
4. Prepare and submit a written report on your project, following the guidelines below:
· Introduce your project – discuss your understanding of emergent literacy, how your project incorporated opportunities to enhance the children’s language and literacy and why the theme/topic of the project was appropriate for this group of children (approx. 250 words).
· Describe and discuss each learning experience (including the initial experience of reading the storybook) and provide a rationale for their inclusion in your project. Also think about why you planned the particular learning experience – what literacy concepts and EYLF outcomes were you aiming to achieve? What emergent literacy skills did the children demonstrate? What was your role in extending the children’s emergent literacy during the learning experience? Your discussion should be thoughtfully substantiated by reference to a range of relevant (current) literature and linked to examples from the documentation included in your appendix. Do not include all documentation collected throughout your project – just those examples you use to support your discussion (approx. 300 words for each experience – Appendix items do not count in the word limit).
Conclude your report with an evaluation and reflection on your project. Consider what worked well and not so well, what you can conclude generally about developing children’s emergent literacy, what you can conclude specifically about your ability to extend children’s emergent literacy and what you might need to think about for your future practice as an educator in enhancing children’s emergent literacy development (approx. 250 words).
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