Building Language for Literacy Teaching Guide
- Grades: PreK–K
About the Activities
Building Language for Literacy equips young children with the critical language and early literacy skills and experiences they need to build the foundation for success in reading.
Based on the latest research on early literacy development, Building Language for Literacy features original language-loving characters who inspire and motivate learning. The activities are built upon children's home and community experiences to create meaningful connections, and provides you with the tools you need to create a literacy-rich environment.
The original characters created for Building Language for Literacy are:
Each character leads children on a language adventure to different places in the community, helping children not only develop language skills, but a sense of the world around them as well. These games are great for helping children develop their oral language, phonological, and letter knowledge skills.
- Develop vocabulary skills
- Distinguish different word sounds
- Recognize letter shapes and sounds
- Enhance their understanding of the community around them
- Learn to follow oral directions
- Learn to categorize familiar objects
The Nina, Reggie, and Leo language adventures can be used without teacher guidance. Each character prompts the child to choose one of the following settings, and then the game begins.
Children can move back and forth between character games and settings. The objects in all the games are randomized so children never play the same exact game twice. Here is how you operate each game:
Nina loves words, so she names everything she sees! She will help children name different objects in some familiar (and maybe some new!) places in and around town. If the child chooses to start a language adventure with Nina, their first screen will prompt the child to choose a setting. Once a setting is selected, the child hears directions on what to do. For her game, the child must drag objects that belong in the chosen setting to a box at the bottom. Each time an object is clicked on, the child hears its name. The challenge is that not every object on the screen belongs in the chosen setting. The "distractors" will challenge children to really think about which objects belong in a particular setting.
Reggie loves to play with sounds, so he rhymes every chance he gets! He will help children pick out words that sound alike, so children develop an awareness of patterns in language. If the child chooses to start a language adventure with Reggie, their first screen will prompt the child to choose a setting. Once a setting is selected, the child hears directions on what to do. For his game, the child must match object names that rhyme. Each time an object is clicked on, the child hears its name. Distractors will challenge the child to listen for the names that rhyme.
Leo loves letters, so he spells whenever he can! He will help children match letters, so they become familiar with not only the shape of letters, but also the connection between letters and the sounds they make. If the child chooses to start a language adventure with Leo, their first screen will prompt the child to choose a setting. Once a setting is selected, the child hears directions on what to do. For his game, the child must match free-standing letters to the beginning letter of object names. Each time a letter is clicked, the child hears the name. Each time an object is clicked, the child hears the name. The letters and objects are again randomized, and there are distractors added for a challenge.