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.
Learning Objectives: 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.
This course is part of our Certificate in Early Childhood Literacy, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy workshops at conferences and library systems for staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is the co-author of six books, the most recent being Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide, co-authored with the researchers from the VIEWS2 project at the University of Washington. Saroj has been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and a consultant since 2003. She received her MLS from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She enjoys learning new ideas while presenting trainings on early literacy.