The ELF Literacy program helps students to develop skills and dispositions to effectively communicate with others through expanding their knowledge of language. This program focuses on developing and extending pre-literacy skills such as concepts of print, letter-sound recognition, using phonics, and building letter and word knowledge.

With a focus on verbal ‘receptive’ and ‘expressive’ (or ‘productive’) language skills, as well as written language, our young learners explore and engage in a range of activities involving listening, viewing, reading, speaking and writing. They engage imaginatively and critically with multi-literacies to expand the scope of their experience.

The ELF Literacy program aims to do this through enjoyable and varied experiences of literature, song, nursery rhyme and creative activity engagement. Through the program students engage with purposeful speaking and listening, viewing, reading, and writing activities for different purposes and contexts.

Learning activities within the ELF Literacy program connects student's learning to themselves, their family and friends, and the world around them.

At Education 121 we know children’s interests and ideas are the drivers of effective learning. We also acknowledge that every child will undertake a unique pathway toward achieving understandings, as such our teachers create fun and engaging learning activities to suit the interests and developmental needs of the students in each learning group.

The ELF Literacy program is based on the Victoria Curriculum (mapped to the Australian Curriculum) and is linked to the Victorian Early Years Learning Developmental Framework (VEYLDF). The VEYLDF, as a part of the Victorian Curriculum, adopts a pedagogical base to frame child learning and development. Our experienced teachers know and understand the imperative of working within a sound pedagogical base.

There are 4 (x10 week) ELF Literacy programs that run across the year. Each weekly session runs for 60mins. This program focuses on learning development for young children aged 3-6 years. Parents are welcome to stay and join in the creative fun and participate in their child's learning.

Program 1:

  • English Foundations -Fundamentals of Communicating
  • Early Literacy Development -Learning to Read, Write, Speak and Listen

Program 2:

  • Making the most of Early Reading and Writing
  • Building on the Foundations - early grammar and vocabulary development - recording and writing stories

Program 3:

  • Building on Early Reading and Writing Skills - practising, phrasing and fluency
  • Extending the Foundations - Monitoring meaning and usage - emerging contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge

Program 4:

  • Now I'm Reading and Writing - Read & retelling stories - modelled and interactive writing
  • Guiding Reading - responding to texts, reciprocal teaching

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