We’ve reached the end of the course! In this part, we take stock of what we have learned and how it all fits together, allowing you to create a programme that will nurture the development of early literacies for all children in your early childhood setting. In this concluding section, the aim is to integrate learning across all parts of the course, enabling teachers to plan programmes that support and enhance the development of early childhood literacies.
This will involve:
- Revisiting key points and reflecting on your learning during the course
- Relating your learning to practice by planning your next steps on completion of the course
At each stage of learning in this course, we have presented opportunities for you to reflect upon and relate the course content to your own practice. You might like to revisit this work, and the judgements you made about your strengths and weaknesses in regard to creating a positive environment along with interactions that support early childhood literacies. We now invite you to consider some of those key areas again, in order to identify the next steps you will take to further embed the learning in your everyday practice.
Here are some questions to revisit and consider either on your own, or in your team
Literacies as ways of making and sharing meaning, shaped by culture:
Embodied, nonverbal literacies:
Spoken and written literacies:
We encourage you to revisit these questions from each part of the course as a starting point to helping you design a programme that will address the multiple facets of literacy learning in your early childhood setting. Reflecting as a teaching team on your understandings of literacy or literacies is a good place to start. Then you could move on to considering ways to support and extend embodied, nonverbal, and verbal literacies while drawing on what you learn from children and families about their cultural literacy practices at home. Finally, discussing ways that you will support children to engage in stories as listeners and active tellers, using a variety of media including books, oral stories, and play, is also an important way to nurture literacy in early childhood settings.
We would love to hear about how you have gone in putting your learning into practice. It would be great if you could share about any changes you have noticed after concentrating on your focus child (although please protect their anonymity). Are there any aspects of early literacy that you would like more help with? Perhaps your colleagues will have some great ideas for you!
We hope this course has been useful for you in unpacking literacies in early childhood, and most of all in supporting you in your ongoing professional development.
Your certificate and personalised workbook
Once you have completed this section, you will see your certificate below the course overview.
You can also generate a PDF of your personal workbook from the Workbook section of your Account area.
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