The pedagogy of ABC – FinlandWay® methods of language learning
What does learning future skills look like in early childhood education?
Understanding language learning through holistic development
Phonological awareness refers to the ability to recognize and manipulate the sounds of spoken language.
Phonemic awareness is the recognition of basic sounds in speech, and later of the letter-sound relationship.
In the FinlandWay® system the language, alphabet, and vocabulary learning is all connected with meaningful and age-specific communication together with systematic support of children’s Phonemic and Phonological awareness, which are supported from toddlerhood by rhyming and making different sounds. How does a mouse sound? How about a coffee pot? Or shattering ice?
With older children in the FinlandWay® system, phonemic awareness is supported by learning through singing songs and using rhymes in daily activities. Observing items and their features verbally encourages children to get interested in the mystical symbols and sounds of phonics and letters.
We offer children opportunities to see and use letters and phonic sounds in their everyday learning environment. Letter A can be a tent or slide for mice. Developing language awareness requires opportunities to use your personal voice, to whisper, to shout, to speak, and to sing.
Towards the Playful Teaching and Meaningful Learning
Children’s curiosity, creativity and ability to learn through play is universal. In FinlandWay® Schools, children are allowed to stand up and move when learning. They can start learning letters by drawing big shapes using their body, drawing on sand with their fingers and painting letters and words on papers on walls. We may build letters for giants with gym blocks or stones, or miniature letters for mice under the tables. We may even tape black paper under the table, cover the table with black cloth and write with chalk in the darkness and only guess what we’re writing and reveal the results later!
When letters, writing and reading abilities form an adventure for children in preschool, they become something to look forward to even more moving onto the first grade of primary school.
The FinlandWay® pedagogy provides opportunities for children to learn letters, words, writing, and reading through playful activities, where self-regulation and resilience to practice the skill and keep going is more natural because the activities are motivating. They raise curiosity and encourage exploration, are based on imagination, play, and interaction.
The extensive FinlandWay® teacher training equips teachers in our international network of kindergartens to use this unique method of teaching and allow children to learn in the best possible way.
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