The Sound Beginnings Workshop provides instruction for early childhood educators on critical early literacy topics that will prepare children to enter elementary school ready for the challenge of state standards. The workshop is intended to help educators understand current research and best practices, particularly the research and practices identified and articulated in the Report of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP, 2008). The goal is for teachers to increase their skills and focus on the instruction that will make a significant difference in young children’s progress toward literacy. Topics include code-focused and explicit instruction, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, phonics, print awareness, handwriting, oral language, and shared reading, in addition to the more general topics of assessment, planning, and working with parents.
- Session 1 covers the early literacy topics of code-focused instruction, linguistics for code-focused instruction, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, and phonics. Each topic includes research, instructional strategies, and participant practice of strategies. A number of video clips are used throughout the day.
- Session 2 covers the early literacy topics of print awareness, handwriting, oral language, shared reading, and vocabulary. Each topic includes research, instructional strategies, and participant practice of strategies. A number of video clips are used throughout the day.
- Session 3 includes a planning process and two models of lesson design. In addition, this session includes family support ideas, assessment, and information about preschool Response to Instruction.
- Identify the critical components of early literacy instruction.
- Leave with lesson models.
- Practice with an assessment resource.
- Learn ways to assist parents to provide home support.
- Plan the implementation of what has been learned.
Levels: Pre-K, K
Audience: Preschool educators and administrators, preschool education staff, and paraprofessionals
Format: Three days
Materials: Participant Resource Guide and What Works: An Introductory Teacher Guide for Early Language and Emergent Literacy (published by the National Center for Family Literacy); PAVEd for Success: Building Vocabulary and Language Development in Young Learners