ERIC Number: ED208373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Stimulating Prereading Activities.
King, Ethel M.
The Building Blocks Model for promoting basic literacy in young children is a three-dimensional model comprised of building blocks, one for each step of the process of laying the foundations for literacy. Each of the small blocks within the large solid cube represents a unique ability that can be distinguished in terms of the three dimensions--representation, language complexity, and content. Representation is defined as the use of some object, symbol, or sign to signify the meaning that some object, image, or concept has for the individual. Language complexity suggests that the words used to communicate proceed from the simple to the increasingly complex. In order to use representation, children must have ideas to represent, or content. The corner stone of the building blocks model is the simplest level of each of the three dimensions: direct experience, one-word utterances, and content that involves the individual. From this simple beginning, additional blocks are added through maturation. The model suggests the direction in which the blocks will be added but not the rate or age at which additions will occur. To use the model effectively requires that parents and teachers arrange materials and activities to extend the child's experiences in the environment, to provide opportunity to represent these ideas in different ways, and to promote the corresponding language skills. (The latter half of the paper presents specific activities designed to make the building blocks model useful.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biannual Meeting of the Transmountain Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (5th, Lethbridge, Canada, September 24-26, 1981).