Capitalizing on Children’s Fascination with the Everyday World to Foster Language and Literacy Development

Teaching teams are encouraged to use children’s natural interests in science to foster the development of language and literacy skills. Science begins with children’s curiosity that leads to discovery and exploration with the support of the teacher. Teachers can learn strategies that promote a coherent approach to children’s co-construction of scientific knowledge.

 

A young child starting preschool brings a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Whether watching snails in an aquarium, blowing bubbles, using a flashlight to make shadows, or experimenting with objects to see what sinks or floats, the child is engaged in finding out how the world works. See Capitalizing on Children’s Fascination with the Everyday World to Foster Language and Literacy Development» [PDF, 419KB]

"Capitalizing on Children’s Fascination with the Everyday World to Foster Language and Literacy Development." Teaching and Learning about Science. Conezio, Kathleen and French, Lucia. NAEYC. 2002. English. [PDF, 419KB].

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Last Updated: November 13, 2014