The Literacy Gap

The Literacy Gap

iStock_000013132123_SmallAfter sending my own son to daycare, I recognised a need for classes aimed at supporting the literacy development of pre-schoolers in an explicit and systematic way. I could see that my son was already interested in letters, words, reading, text messaging, and list-making, but he wouldn’t be going to school for two more years for formal literacy instruction. Why wait for Kindergarten? Why not capitalise on our children’s early interest in reading and writing? Why wait to have our children become Eager Readers?

You might ask, what about pre-school? Early childhood (EC) teachers have the enormous task of attending to our children’s social, emotional, physical and general academic needs. In my opinion, these teachers do a wonderful job, including my son’s teachers. However, having been an EC teacher, myself, I know that in a play-based environment there is no allowance made to focus on each child’s individual literacy development. Yet the academic demands of Kindergarten are evident as soon as children start school. I see this as a very real “literacy gap” between pre-school and formal schooling.

As such, I created a comprehensive series of lessons to target early literacy development, a program called Eager Readers. Eager Readers bridges the literacy gap. With just half an hour per week of instruction, plus support at home, my son and his peers can be equipped with the skills and confidence to cope with the ever-increasing academic demands of formal school and truly be ready for Kindergarten.