Literacy-enriched play centers are an important part of the classroom and to children's development. Creating literacy- enriched centers is simple. Below are several ways you can incorporate them into your classroom.
- Invite an artistic person into the classroom. This could be a parent, family members,
museum curators, exhibit designers.
- Tour an art gallery or museum.
- Share literature that focuses on art and artists from multiple cultural backgrounds.
- Create an area that the children can use to showcase their art.
- Have children present multiple works of art.
- Tour home-improvement stores
- Visit construction sites
- Invite architects, designers, construction workers., plumbers, electricians, etc to come speak
- Create an area for children to role play
- Provide hard hats, tool belts, safety glasses, toy trucks, bull dozers, dump trucks, tools, boxes
to use to build, writing utensils and paper for blueprints
- Books about construction
- Visit websites about space stations
- Share books about space, pictures
- Provide items to make telescopes (paper towel rolls, cylindrical items)
- PIctures of outer space, starts, planets, galaxies, etc
- Boxes for making space ships, tin foil, paint, stickers, etc.
- Paper and pencils for the children to draw maps, plans diagrams
- View weather programs, videos
- Listen to weather reports, radio
- Provide students with websites to visit to view weather, record weather, observe weather
around the world
- Place a table and a magnetic white board or chalkboard near a window
- Provide maps, video cameras, magnets and pictures of weather with weather words
- Books about weather
- Paper and pencils to observe and record the weather
Literacy is all around us in different forms. We use literacy in our daily lives, to do our jobs, to imagine, remember, and to function in general. Why not incorporate them in new inviting ways for children. Literacy-enriched centers provide children with a new opportunity to explore literature.