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Foundations of Early Literacy
Everyone on board! No matter what your position in the library, it is important to understand early literacy and ways to support families to help all children enter school ready to learn to read. Both using and expanding on the early literacy information in the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative (from ALA’s Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children), you will become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, we will explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers.
Participants will be able to:
Define early literacy, describing what it is and is not
Execute dialogic reading techniques to support richer language development in children
Identify and describe ways to share books to support early literacy components at each age level: infants, toddlers, two-year- olds and three- to five-year olds
Describe the five early literacy practices/activities from the Every Child Ready to Read® program and how each can support he early literacy components
Develop and implement activities/action to support early literacy with young children and their families from any library position/role
This class is four weeks of content. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 – 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations and homework assignments.
Dates: September 6 – October 3
This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant, we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.