One of the fundamental tasks of human interaction is communication. From the beginning of life to the end, there is an unrelenting need to communicate. Initially, all communication is verbal, starting with an inarticulate cry of a baby, and then as control of muscles is developed, sounds and words begin to emerge. Verbal communication is quickly paired with body language. Written communication is a skill learned once a person has gained control over their arms and hands as it requires a high level of eye-hand and fine motor control.
Tutoring for Primary School children
Early childhood education occurs sequentially as a child develops control of their bodies. Verbal communication relies on both an understanding of sounds and their meaning and reproducing those sounds accurately. This combination is an essential skill for the development of spelling and writing.
Alongside this is the development of spatial awareness, which is the ability to locate oneself in space. Spatial understanding is foundational for both mathematics and written communication. Our reliable and affordable Primary school tutor in Vermont begins with spatial awareness. It is essential that a child knows up from down, front from back, to tell someone where they are. Verbal instructions are part of life. Early signs of trouble in this area are mixing up left and right and moving the opposite way from instructions. Early intervention from our reliable primary school tutors can help with this a fun and memorable ways.
Spatial awareness and phonemic awareness blend in the development of reading skills. The Early childhood reading includes matching sounds to pictures. Listening skills come in here too. Sitting with a child, letting them hear you read, and then listening to both their imaginative stories and reading early readers is essential for furthering reading and writing skills.
Early childhood literacy moves on from the pictures to symbols rapidly. Mathematics uses numerals as symbols, and understanding the spatial concepts of order from 1-20 is foundation learning. Literacy and numeracy are intertwined at this level. Language requires the symbols of the alphabet. Our reliable tutors use a multisensory approach when teaching spatial language and mathematical concepts. At best tutoring near Vermont, tutoring can be noisy as they jump up and down and learn chants and rhymes to consolidate sounds and letters.
Early childhood literacy includes drawing. Those random squiggles are part of learning to transfer an idea from head to paper. It requires a high degree of fine motor hand control and relaying impulses from head to eye and hand, which are complex skills to master. Not all of us will draw well, but we all develop the ability to create a representation of what we want to communicate. Whether or not we can draw, it is the same skill that we use to write.
Handwriting is foundational. Learning to write is part and parcel of the educational journey. It can be frustrating because it is so complex. It may seem quicker to type something on a computer and not bother with the tedium of learning to form letters. However, it is not wise. Handwriting is a complex activity and uses more of the brain than typing. Once it is developed, it never leaves the long-term memory as it is one skill that does require many hours of practice. This practice may seem tedious, but is vital to the process of learning.
Part of the handwriting journey is learning the placement of capital and lower-case letters. Primary School Tutoring helps a student understand the difference between them in a friendly and relaxed environment. This consolidation of letter recognition is accompanied by the phonic awareness of what combinations make what sounds. This combination is the beginning of learning to spell. There will be more on that next time.