A Scrutiny to Pre-School Children’ Activity Fostering the Fundamental Aspect of Literacy
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The purpose of this seven-month study is to closely examine the pre-school children’s activity which represents the stepping stone of reading interest as the fundamental aspect of literacy. The subject chosen were 38 students of two Prekindergarten–Kindergarten in Landungsari village, a citified area of Malang city, East Java Province, Indonesia. Doing initial survey, holding structured interview, reinvigorating the existing facilities, and networking with the local social units were the integrated approach done to intensify the study performed. Furthermore, the role of family and volunteers whose attention was dedicated to children development was also observed to find out their support in nurturing children to love reading. Aside from pilot data and primary data, secondary data from the local government recording the people’s education within the environment of the observed subjects were used as references to the prevalent reading culture. The result of the research disclosed that 28 and 15 children attending the two Prekindergarten–Kindergartens exposed their self-development through creativity based on their imagination after listening to the selected storytelling materials. Additionally, building visual communication and increasing numeric vocabularies were crucial indicators of the research subjects to love reading. The rise of this reading interest, nevertheless, cannot be detached from the collaboration between teachers or guides of the pre-schoolers and the individuals who are committed to the education of early age children; not to mention a conducive atmosphere and supporting programs from both formal and informal institutions.