Teaching Talia

Journal Task Six

Posted on: May 16, 2007

Journal Task six goes a little something like this: Observe the reading context of the classroom, eg:

  • copy the timetable and note literacy routines and literacy/language block sessions describe organisation of reading materials and groups

  • reflect on the purpose/implications of this organisation

A typical week in Jenny’s classroom is like this.

Because this is a Prep there isn’t any set literacy time blocks. Rotations every Tuesday and Thursday usually include a letterland activity, and a writing or drawing activity. The children also spend time writing in their play- this is meaningful writing, writing for a purpose.

I think that the early years curriculum caters for the needs of the young learners really well. They would not respond well to standard literacy time or big lessons every week on how to write. They write when they need to, and the play episodes provide a reason for them to learn to write. The prep children are only 4 and 5 years old, at the beginning of the year many could not even write their own name. Specific lessons have been taught on writing their name and on some letterland character (letters of the alphabet individually).


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Just finished my Graduate Certificate in Cross Disciplinary Art and Design with UNSW.




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