I had the opportunity to talk with Janet Langley, one of the authors of The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Grades 1-3. So many great ideas for developing literacy in the early elementary grades.
Janet is a former Waldorf class teacher and she wrote the book with Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl, a private remedial educator who works with Waldorf students. They are both accredited Waldorf teachers.
You can get a copy of the book at Janet’s website, Waldorf Inspirations. Be sure to visit the site for many wonderful (free) ideas and resources for early childhood and each grade, 1-8.
This conversation gives an overview of the first three elementary grades and what to focus on to help develop literacy – including writing, reading, spelling, and communicating.
Developing Literacy in the Early Elementary Grades
Here are some highlights of our conversation:
- Why is English so hard to teach? (Hint: English is not German)
- The 5 Stages of Literacy (Emergent, Phonemic Awareness, Pattern, Syllable, Latin/Greek). Children move through these phases generally over grades one through three. Knowing these phases helps you to teach your child at his or her own pace.
- Children don’t learn by grade, they learn by phase! We can do this much more easily as homeschoolers.
The Roadmap to Literacy is a textbook, how-to manual, and great reference book all in one. It can help you become a specialist in teaching Language Arts.
This interview is the first in a series of four interviews with Janet to help you understand how literacy develops and how the Waldorf approach can support each child’s development.
You can get a copy of the book at Janet’s website, Waldorf Inspirations. Please note that if you are outside the United States, you can now get your copy as a print-on-demand book to save you the huge expense of shipping.
The Four Developing Literacy Interviews:
Developing Literacy in the Early Elementary Years (that’s this one!)
How to Plan Main Lesson Blocks for Literacy
How to Plan Literacy Practice Sessions