Hallway Sleepover with Books
A few nights ago my kids asked if they could sleep in the hallway. We recently moved to a new home and they told us, “We have never done this before. We want to try it!” We agreed to let them try. A few minutes later they had pulled their blankets and pillows out. I peeked out of my bedroom door and found them like this:
They were each looking through a book of their own choosing. I decided to send the photo to Dr. Sally and Ava, asking them to comment on the image as it relates to “emergent literacy.” Here is how each one replied…
I think the world of this photo is so many ways…
While people today think that play starts with toys, the reality is that it starts with play. First you come up with an idea for a fun activity, and then you select your play materials, also known as toys, to carry out your plan. Your children are playing “sleep-over in the hallway.” Their selected toys are favorite blankets, pillows, and books to read. Hmm, I think they have been growing up in a “language-rich” environment.
If that is not a statement about “emergent literacy,” I don’t know what is! Here you see reading for fun, in a comfortable way, for relaxing to go to sleep, in the unique environment of a hallway with a close sibling for comfort and adventure. How cool is that!
As any great educator knows, learning should be entertaining and fun and kids especially know this! What better way to develop your own emergent literacy activity than creating you own fun? Smart creative kids! Making reading fun can last a lifetime and it’s also a great coping skill in life for many transitions.