Hello! Just a quick intro about my job (I am going into my final year of education, but I work at the university part-time)... I work at the Headquarters of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (www.world-gifted.org) and I have access to loads of resources. You can visit my website and contact me (via SparkPeople) if you'd like some more detailed information about literacy for gifted readers.
Here's a few ideas for literacy centres (taken from H. Katz... a former professor at my university):
1. A Restaurant Centre can include a tablecloth, dishes, glasses (plastic), cutlery (plastic), napkins, menus, trays, order pad and pencil, and apron and vest for waiters or waitresses. Children play at being patrons and servers, reading menus and writing orders.
2. Outfit a Travel Centre with travel posters,
brochures, maps, tickets, wallet with play money and "credit cards", cash box, and suitcase. Children take the role of agent and customer and organize trips using the print material listed above.
3. A Veterinarian's Office filled with stuffed animals, medical bag, medicine bottles, facsimile prescription labels, posters of different dogs, cats, and so on, with names attached. Children take roles of vet and animal owner, discuss pet problems, and read posters and labels to help animal become healthy.
4. A Banking Centre can be set up with passbooks, cheques, play money, deposit slips, signs, ads, and receipts. The child plays at depositing and withdrawing money, setting up accounts, and buying securities. All of these activities involve writing in different forms relevant to everyday life.
5. A Supermarket Centre with food packets and boxes, plastic fruit and artificial food, price stickers, play money, grocery bags, marking pens, ads, and coupons. Children buy food (be sure to include healthy alternatives among your boxes), tally costs, and check out and pay.
6. A centre with interesting potential for learning about writing techniques is the Illustration Centre. Children's and young adolescent's literature is a cornucopia of variously and beautifully illustrated stories (Look for groups of books illustrated by Eric Carle, Leo Leoni, or Ed Young, among others). An illustration centre helps gifted young readers explore the way book illustrations are created and how they function to enhance (and sometimes detract from) texts. Make sure that there are enough colored pencils, markers, watercolour paints, charcoals, crayons, pieces of paper, and copies of different, and differently illustrated stories to encourage children to get involved in this centre. With this material, children explore the effectiveness and use of different media. First, the child copies styles or subjects. Later, the gifted child probes and explores, extending styles or media and creating sequels to books on hand.
Now, all these centres take time and materials to set up, but once in place, can be very effective to challenge a gifted reader, or any child for that matter!
Edited by: ANNETTE_LEE at: 7/22/2008 (21:57)
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