- chart paper
- recalling experiences
- creative thinking
- extending vocabulary
- writing skills
Write a bit of news on a chart and read to children during morning meeting time. The news could be about what you will do that day-We will go to the apple orchard today. Or it could be about a family's special even t- Leong's grandmother came to see her. She came all the way from China. As you read the news to the children, run your hand under the words.
Encourage children to share their news with the class. You can write this news on a chart as well, or children can share it verbally.
Provide the daily newspaper or Sunday papers for children to use in the dramatic-play area.
Keep a basket for mail in the dramatic-play area. Families can donate unopened 'junk' mail for children to open, read, and respond to.
A fully equipped writing area invites children to write their own news. Staple a few sheets of paper together to make blank books for children to fill with their news. Place small newspapers, brochures, or advertisement circulars in a basket in the writing area.
Remember: Young children often confuse news with having something new. Emphasize the idea that news is an event, something that has happened or will happen, not necessarily something new such as new shoes, toys, or clothing.
Children learn best from first-hand experiences, so it is important to think of ways to fully involve children in making and writing news.
Explain to families that their children are learning to make news. Ask families to share current events with their children. They can share sections of the newspaper with their children, show them the pictures, and read the headlines.
Curriculum Connection: SOCIAL STUDIES
From time to time, there will be a special news event of interest to young children. When a new panda comes to the zoo, a space exploration occurs, or a new building goes up or one comes down, you can bring a copy of the paper to share with children. Read the headlines, show the pictures, and ask children what they know about the event and what they think about it. You can extend children's knowledge by reading factual books about the topic, taking a field trip, or inviting an expert on the topic to share her experiences with the class.