Birth-Age 4 Early Literacy
A noisy, messy space is evidence that young children like being there. And there’s another big plus to kids giggling and dragging toys, books, and games all over — they’re learning. Your learning spaces are the ideal place to engage and inspire the youngest minds and encourage literacy development.
Playtime Is Thinking Time for Children
Create a space for exploration that encourages early math and literacy development by engaging all their senses.
10 Tips for a Successful Early Literacy Space
- Play is a pathway to learning; provide a variety of experiences that encourage individual exploration as well as group play
- Engage all the senses in learning using interactive panels, learning walls, flannel boards and puppet theaters and stages
- Active minds and mobile bodies require open floor space for their explorations
- Scale all furnishings appropriately including your shelving and tables
- Include floor cushions and other low to the ground soft seating for storytime and programs
- Display picture books and board books in floor-level, face-out browsers
- Strategically place carpets for safety of children who are crawling and learning to walk
- Include engaging posters, artwork and other visually appealing items in the space
- Caregivers are always near-by, so be sure to include comfortable seating and a parent resource center within the space
- Make this space technology-friendly for adults and children