Teaching pre-k literacy skills is not about following a script or printing a bunch of worksheets. To effectively teach emergent literacy skills to your preschool or pre-k students, you need to know the why behind the what. Effective early childhood teachers know exactly why each literacy skill is important, and they also know how to teach the skill in a developmentally appropriate way.
Pre-K Literacy Curriculum
A high-quality pre-k literacy curriculum includes all four of the following elements:
It’s not enough to just have the elements above included in a curriculum. For an early literacy curricula to truly be effective, it must allow for easy differentiation and demonstrate a deep understanding of how young children learn.
Here are some elements of an ineffective curricula:
- Designates days of the week or “units” to focus on certain skills (demonstrates lack of understanding of how young children learn)
- Uses worksheets for independent practice (demonstrates lack of understanding of early childhood best practices)
- Uses product based crafts as an element of early literacy instruction (demonstrates lack of understanding about early childhood emergent literacy best practices)
Pre-K Literacy Lesson Plans
Because each class is different, an effective pre-k literacy curriculum offers many choices. The teacher uses assessment data to determine which activities or lessons offered will best meet the needs of the students in their own individual classrooms.
Literacy Activity Examples
Emergent Literacy Activities
You can find many different emergent literacy activities for your preschool or pre-k classroom here.