"Every picture tells a story" - this quote was widely used in the U.S.A. in the early 20th century especially in advertisement campaigns throughout the country. In a wordless picture book, the whole story is in the pictures. Within meaningful facilitation from adults, children can gain many skills in literacy development. Some of these skills include directionality; an important pre-reading literacy skill for beginning readers, inference (which is a higher-order thinking skill) or making sense of the story with cues from images, vocabulary building, creating their own stories and so on.
In a multi-cultural and multi-racial Singapore, wordless picture books offer the opportunity for multilingual use. This session will cover the benefits as well as ideas for using wordless picture books with very young children.
Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte, holds a PhD in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about the development of children, especially those in their Early Years.
Having been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 30 years, Geraldine held multi-portfolios from classroom teaching to faculty appointments to overseeing the professional development of almost 3,000 ECE educators including pioneering a child study centre, which was recognised by ECDA as Outstanding Centre for Teaching and Learning and was awarded Distinction for the Early Childhood Agency Development’s Innovation Award.