Learning to read is facilitated when children are exposed to activities of pre-reading activities. The teacher therefore, needs to take every care to ensure success by dividing appropriate practical activities for children.
A period of time, where the child is given considerable support by providing these practical activities, motivation and reinforcement that the pre-reading activities erent hurriedly done and that they are taken seriously by both the teacher and the children.
Some of these activities include:
- Explore the world around them: the use of drama even in a very limited way creates creativity in children and helps involvement in the classroom. Just getting them to represent the characters in a story can be enough in second language situation.
Demonstrate of simple stores to help children in learning how to read
This involves using characters names and labels which can be attached to children to show which characters they are playing.
The aim of all story telling and drama in children's life is to provide enjoyment and stimulation of conversation, the teacher should therefore ensure that every child is engaged in ongoing activities.
Pictures: pictures taken from books or drawn on the black board provide an easy way of getting children to talk in a second language. Bright colourful pictures appeal to children, birds, animals and families, environment stimulate conversation in the classroom. Short stories using folktales and nursery rhymes can be used as basics for teachers.
The use of pictures sequence can be used to create a situation or form a story. This can provide encouragement for the use of language.
Drawing and printing: these offers opportunities to involve children in conversation any picture drawn or printed by the child could generate questions, facilitates dialogue and story telling which can get children to explain, discuss or argue their action.
Curiosity corner: this is liked to an area that stimulates the interest of children e.g. learning corners which includes literacy areas, mathematics area and it is done during the spare time of a child. It enables the teacher to know the learning abilities of each child.
Walk and visit: while going a walk or visit, the teacher shows them things around as well as being able to explore.