Language and Literacy

Language and literacy skills refer to a child’s ability to communicate and connect with others through listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Learning language is a social experience and requires symbolic processing. The relationship between thought and word is “not a thing, but a process, a continual movement back and forth from thought to word and from word to thought” (Vygotsky, 1962, p. 125). Mother Goose Time is a literacy-rich curriculum and invites children to ask questions and explore ideas through discussion and dramatic play. Moreover, we encourage children to construct autobiographical narratives in the form of storytelling, journaling and drawing. Language skills are some of the best predictors of academic success (Snowling, Hulme, Bailey, Strothard & Lindsay, 2011).

Language and Literacy skills and goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum:


7 Listening Comprehension
7.1 Comprehends spoken language
7.2 Follows verbal directions
8 Communication
8.1 Communicates ideas
8.2 Speaks in sentences
9 Vocabulary
9.1 Builds vocabulary
10 Phonological Awareness
10.1 Hears small units of sound
10.2 Identifies rhyme and alliteration
11 Concepts of print
11.1 Demonstrates print knowledge
12 Letter/Word Recognition
12.1 Identifies letters and words
12.2 Makes letter-sound connections
13 Reading Comprehension
13.1 Responds to text
13.2 Retells, asks and answers questions
14 Emergent Writing
14.1 Writes name, words and sentences
14.2 Expresses through writing

Developmental Skill Continuum

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