Literacy is important for a child’s overall development; it helps them excel in an increasingly globalized, fast changing world. Introducing a literacy program in early years lays the foundation for performing well at school, improving socializing and problem-solving skills along with developing independence.
Integrating literacy programs in early childhood education helps children to read and write with more ease. At One World International School (OWIS) Riyadh, our goal is for students to develop a strong confidence and foundation in reading and writing from Kindergarten. We want our students to understand the essence of literacy throughout their life. The Early Years Literacy Program at OWIS, supports children who are at various levels of linguistic proficiency and helps them to understand the nuances of the language.
Reading workshops help children learn new words through pictures. Taking the ownership to identify words increases student-engagement and enables them to learn easily. Through such workshops children learn to read and analyze texts, understand concepts and have conversations about them.
Learning literacy through drama, collaborative games and other group activities helps children to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Children develop language and literacy skills through exploration-based learning in everyday activities. Relating fictional stories with children’s daily life experiences allows them to be fully engaged in their reading and writing workshops.
Literacy programs are initiated to make learning fun. Learning an additional language can be difficult for children and the intent here is to nurture student-agency and let them take the lead. Through simple daily programs like singing or telling stories, young learners can understand the core of literacy in powerful ways.
Literacy skills enable students to put ideas together into a cohesive structure and build from there. At OWIS, early learners achieve this through collaboration where students are able to put their thoughts into learning new words along with developing their reading and writing skills.
At OWIS American School Riyadh, from Kindergarten onwards students are introduced to age-appropriate language skills to communicate their ideas — both verbally and in writing. Students can design their learning experience and develop skills to make a lasting difference in literacy enrichment. Our exploratory and inquiry-driven curriculum offers children the opportunity to develop their interests, ask questions and encourage literacy-focused education while also giving them real ownership of their learning.
If you’re interested in learning more about our experiential and inquiry-led learning spaces, we invite you to schedule a tour of our engaging campus in Riyadh. You can also contact the Admissions team for more information.