Hanen 2019 Literacy Calendar

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These superb evidence based tools ensure early years learning is structured and cohesive.

Calendars are used at home by parents while teachers use them in their classrooms, for seamless learning at home and in school!

Read all about how these can be used and why, below.

Every year The Hanen Centre, creates a calendar full of research-based tips to help lay the foundations for school success. These are used at home by parents while teachers use them in their classrooms. This structured approach means that learning is focused, goal orientated and extended into every part of the day.

Each month highlights a key language and literacy-building strategy, including simple tips for how to apply the strategy to everyday routines and activities. The focus is always on creating powerful conversations, since we know this provides the best possible opportunities for children to learn and use language, and to build skills in early literacy.

Supporting All Children:

It doesn’t matter whether a young child is developing typically or has a delay – all children need support to build the foundations for school success. The tips in this calendar are designed to support all children, including those who are at risk for a language delay, have a delay, or who are second-language learners. Each month features a special section on how the tips can be applied to children with language delays so they can benefit as much as possible from the month’s activities.

Each month is also divided into two parts (“learning to talk” and “talking to learn”) so professionals and parents can support children at different stages in their language-learning journey. 2019 Calendar Highlights:

  • Each month focuses on a critical skill children need to learn to be prepared for language and literacy success.
  • Each month includes a description of what the research says about the importance of promoting particular skills in children who are typically developing, followed by evidence-based strategies for supporting children who are having difficulty developing language.
  • 128 Tips to support children from 18 months to 5 years old. These are divided into two categories depending on the child’s language level, so parents and educators can choose the appropriate tip for the child they’re interacting with.

Each month contains eight diverse tips that can be applied across different environments, e.g. at home or in a classroom setting to promote children’s learning.

Laying the foundation to Success:

To have the best possible start in school, all children need a solid foundation of early language and literacy skills. These are the skills that prepare children to read, write, and use the kind of language they’ll be expected to use in school. What we know for sure

  • Children who start school with higher levels of language and literacy go on to have higher levels of academic success.
  • Children learn these skills best during language-rich everyday interactions about the things that interest them.
  • Parents and early childhood educators play a critical role in fostering the kinds of interactions that help children learn.
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