Early childhood (birth to 8 years) is a critical period of brain development and plays a significant role in educational outcomes in later years, especially in language and literacy. During this period that a child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development & their brains develop faster than at any other point in their lives, so these years are critical. Literacy development starts early in life and is highly correlated with school achievement. Languages have a deep impact on child’s career. The more limited a child’s experiences with language and literacy the more likely he or she will have difficulty learning to read. The foundations for their social skills, self-esteem, perception of the world, and moral outlook are established during these years, as well as the development of cognitive skills.
Importance of Alphabet Learning
According to leading Academicians and Early Literacy Scientists, Alphabet is fundamental for learning to read. Without a firm knowledge of letters, children will have difficulty with all other aspects of early literacy. However, teaching any language should not begin with a sudden, formal immersion into the printed word. Human beings have always been born to learn, but not born to read — the brain’s existing neural circuitry adapts itself to support the requirements of this new task. Unlike our five basic senses, proficiency in reading has to be taught and learned.
Importance of Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Preschool is a child’s first formal learning environment. Millions of kids study languages yet fail to achieve language proficiency, mainly due to a lack of comprehensible input, proper orientation, or both. All children should have access to developmentally appropriate brain-compatible early childhood programs with strong literacy components that include clear adaptations for children with special needs. Therefore, it is beyond doubt that there is a need for increased emphasis on strengthening early literacy during pre-nursery classes within Primary schools.
Importance of Brain Compatible Tools
Emerging research points that developmentally appropriate practices require brain-compatible tools for effectively acquiring language learning. Parents have many ways to help a young child learn the alphabet within a context that makes sense to her. Storybook reading, alphabet books, and playing with letters all help expose your child to print, and talking about the meanings of words can create a context for presenting the alphabet.
Role of Play & Parental Engagement
By taking a playful approach grounded in your child’s interest, you can help him learn about the alphabet and take an important step toward reading and writing. alphaTUB has a detailed course covering the role of play and providing tips for giving young children a great start on learning.
Role of Socio-Cultural Setup in Language Learning
This brings to fore the importance of a socio-cultural approach that embeds literacy learning in the meaningful activities in which children are involved and acknowledges that children come to an early childhood education setup with knowledge about literacy that they had acquired or learned at home or elsewhere.
A sociocultural model of literacy acknowledges not only the context of the home and family, and the early childhood education, but also that of community and society.
This learning is influenced by:
- The home literacy environment
- Services and their early literacy knowledge and practices
- The transition to school and formal reading and writing
- Other contexts such as libraries, the arts, social events, socio-cultural religious activities
A sociocultural approach to literacy sees literacy as including not only reading and writing but also listening, talking, viewing, drawing, and critiquing. The approach is also seen as a way in which people construct and communicate meaning by traditional means, through technology, critical thinking, and popular culture (Jones Diaz, 2007).
It encourages educators to consider the place of literacy in the physical environment, routines and planning, the role of the educator capitalizing on learning opportunities, and the links between home, community, and early childhood education (Hamer & Adams, 2002).
alphaTUB for Effective Early Language Development
Despite the extensive knowledge and prevailing understanding, there remains a large gap to effectively deliver early literacy in classrooms and at home. alphaTUB fills this massive gap through its innovative systems approach-based solution that comprises an early language development tool, language learning content, mobile application for leveraging parental engagement thus enabling personalized and individualized learning. The platform acts as a catalyst for promoting home-school engagement powered by insightful analytics and assessment, thus helping in constantly upgrading the system’s capability.
The simple to use alphaTUB is one of the most comprehensive innovatively designed early language developmental tools. alphaTUB helps in overcoming the prevailing challenges of effective delivery of language development in the early years.
The developmentally appropriate brain-compatible alphaTUB supports alphabet learning by leveraging parental engagement and fostering a stronger home-school connection, thereby promoting language development in a playful manner taking into account the prior knowledge of the learner. alphaTUB helps to introduce experiential content which is contextually relevant and acceptable in a socio-cultural setup on language learning among young children.
alphaTUB is a developmentally appropriate approach to early literacy & language development that leverages experiential & contextually relevant content while delivering a fine blend of whole language bridged with phonics approach