Literacy Lane provides children with multiple research-based opportunities to participate in a fun, creative way of learning at any age. Whether the child is reciting the alphabet, creating a sentence using the sight words or playing a simple game of "I Spy", Literacy Lane provides children a classroom break from possible sensory “overload”. The Lane offers a venue for teachers and caregivers to feel welcomed, involved, and empowered.
We offer countless "Branching Out" expansion activities to target literacy, language, math, and executive function skills. Suggestions are available as a free download with your order of Literacy Lane. Within the pages, examples (ranging from basic to challenging) are provided for each target area. The Expansion Activities are provided to target foundational skills at a deeper level by building and strengthening neural connections. Further, activities build capacity in school staff or adults who are actively engaged with children. Professionals and paraprofessionals are encouraged to exercise their knowledge of the child, their own pedagogy, and their own ideas to bring the Lane to life! Literacy Lane, along with the Branching Out Expansion activities, offers priceless value to support any classroom or school.
Literacy Lane activities are carefully and intentionally developed to dovetail with the information outlined by the American National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) and by the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network to offer activities relevant to alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness, and language development (i.e., vocabulary and grammar). Numerous opportunities within the Lane focus on the following emergent skills:
Reading sight words
Language, by definition, is a communicative system that gives people the means to share knowledge, opinions, and feelings. Communication (listening and speaking) lays the foundation for later developed reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
Literacy Lane offers opportunities for adults to connect with children individuallyor in small groups to build relationships through extended conversations. Common themes and vocabulary are used to spark special interests the child may have.
Language skills are fundamental to literacy. The following skills are targeted to support both literacy and oral language acquisition:
Grammar (pronouns, verb tenses)
Recognition of Words, Shapes and Colours
Like Literacy, early skills in Mathematics are a strong indicator for later academic success. In consideration of The National Academy of Science's guidelines in Eager to Learn: Educating our Preschoolers, Literacy Lane's objectives go beyond reciting numbers from 1-10 and simple counting. Literacy Lane addresses the following Early Math skills using fun, motivating activities:
Counting (i.e., number sense)
Understanding concepts related to:
Patterns and Predicting
Movement, a universal classroom strategy, is a key component of Literacy Lane. Movement has been reported to benefit all children to help them gain control over their behavior (i.e., self-regulation), to improve their ability to engage in learning and to aid in the retention of information. Literacy Lane provides physical exercise and a variety of "heavy work" movements throughout. Heavy work is known to support all children to help them become more organized, calm, alert, and regulated. The following movements are incorporated:
Researchers from the Center on the Developing Child through the Harvard Institute describe executive function (EF) as "being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears". They compare these skills to "having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. In the brain, this air traffic control mechanism is called executive functioning, a group of skills that helps us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time, and revise plans as necessary." Sited from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-executive-function-skills-for-life-and-learning/. Many activities throughout the Lane target the following Executive Functions:
Dr. Martha Burns, a leading Neuroscientist, suggests that best learning and retention occur when children are motivated. “Increase excitement in a classroom and you increase dopamine levels of your students.” Further, Dr. Burns adds, “Dopamine can be addictive…[let’s get]…students addicted to learning" sited from Dr. Burn's blog: http://www.scilearn.com/blog/dopamine-learning-brains-reward-center-teach-educators)
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