Fostering Language Development in Schools

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When you think of language the first thing that comes to mind is speech. Without speech, which is made up of letters, vocal sounds and words, we would not be able to communicate and understand each other’s needs. So in order for educators to help enhance literacy development they must take into consideration the whole classroom and how it should be designed. In this paper, I am going to create a floor plan of my current pre-school classroom and discuss how it fosters language development in the library center, dramatic play center, and the block center including an explanation of how these three areas support language acquisition. As a child enters a classroom they should be surrounded by literacy in every learning center around the room. “A learning center is a defined space where materials are organized in such a way that children learn without the teacher's constant presence and direction.” (Cited Landry, et al., 2014, pg. 12) These areas consist of blocks, dramatic play, music, toys and games, discovery, sand and water, art, easel, writing, library computer and listening. Each center needs to be set up to ensure supervision is assessable from all areas of the room as well as provide child friendly hands-on activities that generate individual creativity, observations and real life experiences. “Children should also receive multiple opportunities to experience specific linguistic concepts in diverse contexts and experiences organized to foster repetition as an integral part of the classroom routine.” (Cited Justice, 2004, pg. 42) One of the centers that enhance language development is the library center. In the library center, I have two soft child-size chairs, a variety of child appropriate books, two dry erase boards and mar... ... middle of paper ... ...So I provided him with tape and watched as he looped the tape around the tiger and the hoop securing them both so the tiger could do his circus trick. The teacher can assess this center with observations; watching creativity form amongst each child’s creation and taking pictures to compare growth throughout the year with dictation of what the child said he or she built. Furthermore, the library center, dramatic play center, and the block center help expand a child’s imagination by allowing children to create as they go. With added guidance from the teacher the sky is the limits for literacy acquisition in young children. Overall, all centers throughout the classroom should boost language development through a child friendly environment that is labeled to enhance self-motivation, pride in ones accomplishments, and generate friendships and positive peer interactions.

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