Development of a multimedia resource kit
The exposure of young children to reading and literature is an important milestone in the development of their own literacy skills. Literature is significant in laying the ground for literacy development and engagement in the learning process. Children beginning formal education with a background completely devoid to and enjoyment of literature are less likely to succeed in literacy and are more likely to disengage from the learning experience. Thus learning for young children must begin early and their exposure to literature should be an everyday affair.
The development of a resource media kit was employed in the study and preparation of this report in order to showcase the value of different multimedia applications in the development of literacy and language skills in young children. Storytelling, socio-dramatic plays among others are used in this report to create an emphasis and their value to literacy and language development App. 1, 2 and 3).
The study is undertaken in the kindergarten, located in an urban setting. The children all come from the areas surrounding the school. An area with a substantial population and most of the children hail from a modern family with two or three children. The children spent an estimated two hours storytelling and acting out the story. This is together with the PowerPoint presentation and asking of questions.
The story was chosen because it engages both the children and I in its preparation and the storytelling, not to mention the play acting too. Preparation for stories is not a hard task to undertake and I used materials easily available and cheap (App. 1). The use of the PowerPoint was because it further enhances the interest and motivation of the children. This is because the children could interact with the multimedia as is currently used in many homes. The stories are used to indicate how reading, speaking, viewing and listening to storytelling can both be used in developing language and literacy skills. Children’s engagement with literature based material coupled with reading, speaking, viewing and listening form the backbone of the emergent theory in literacy development.
Development of the digital resource used, the PowerPoint presentation is significant in that, a more modern approach to the study was used. It shows the important of using more modern technologies in a modern ICT based society to bring stories to life and ask questions. The memory and cognitive abilities of the children is tested through this approach.
Story telling event
Having considered the value and importance of literature and literature based materials in development of literacy skills in young children, it is necessary for educators and the parents to consider using the best methods of literature and the literature based materials. Such methods could include using storytelling among others.
The pig in the pond story was used for the purposes of this study. The eight children of the kindergarten took part in the story telling (App. 2 Obj. 1, 2 and 3). The children were actively engaged in the process, even taking part in its preparation and playing in the play themselves. This shows the importance of how generating an interest in the children can make them active participants.