During the final half of each semester special classroom activities are conducted by members of the YCP student staff. These activities are part of a course assignment that requires them to plan, conduct, and reflect on appropriate learning experience for young children.
One characteristic of all the student activities is the use of instruction cards for the children to follow. These cards have photographs or graphics that clearly illustrate each step of the process, as well as simple text in a primary font. This use of text is important for non-readers, in addition to those children who are beginning to use phonics to decipher words.
The non-reader is becoming aware of the important function of print and is "reading" the pictures that symbolically represent the action to be followed. Both YCP teachers use instruction cards regularly to support children's literacy development, but our student staff contribute significantly to the number and richness of these experiences.