‘Children need foundations, the basics, the roots. But they need wings more, because wings encourage the children to soar, to think and to test what they might become!’ (Rich, S. 1985)
At Antonio Park, we are committed to the Victorian Early Years Literacy Program, a strategic and comprehensive approach to successful early literacy development. Children come to school with a wealth of language and are provided with a variety of experiences in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Children are exposed to a wide range of texts; fiction books, non fiction books, poems, songs, rhymes, fables, fairy tales. They are encouraged to experiment with writing and are given many opportunities to become confident speakers and attentive listeners.
Home Reading provides children with the opportunity to choose text to read at home with the family. This is a wonderful and rewarding time for all! It develops a love of literature, stimulates an interest in print and helps children see reading as a leisure time activity. Read with and to your child and follow up with a discussion. When your child is ready to read to you – it is an exciting time for everyone!
Spend some time with your child to browse though the text, discuss the pictures, difficult words and characters, to give your child an idea of what it is about before you share the reading experience. A book cover is supplied for Home Reading material.
Parental Involvement is welcomed and encouraged in the classroom and we aim to develop a shared understanding of children’s literacy learning. Programs for parents are offered throughout the year.
Classroom Helpers Program
This Program is held in Term 1 and is an interactive course that develops in participants an increased understanding of the development of literacy skills and provides ideas in how to provide support for children in classrooms.
Developing Literacy Partnerships
This course provides parents with opportunities to explore how children learn and helps develop ways of working together, both home and school, to support children in their literacy learning