Week 1: Foundations of Early Literacy – Content Review

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Learning Resources

This page contains the learning resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s video resources, please use the streaming media player below or your course DVD (if applicable).

Required Resources

* Course Text: Roskos, K. A., Tabors, P. O., & Lenhart, L. A. (2009). Oral language and early literacy in preschool: Talking, reading, and writing (2nd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
o Preface and Chapter 1, Joining Oral Language and Early Literacy, pp. vii6
o Chapter 2, Understanding Terms and Fundamental Concepts, pp. 7- 16

* Course Text: Strickland, D. S., & Schickendanz, J. A. (2009). Learning about print in preschool: Working with letters, words, and beginning links with phonemic awareness (2nd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
o Chapter 1, What Young Children Need to Know About Print,pp. 1- 13

* Course Text: Vukelich, C., & Christie, J. (2009). Building a foundation for preschool literacy: Effective instruction for childrens reading and writing development (2nd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
o Chapter 1, How Children Learn to Read and Write,pp. 1- 14
o Appendix B, Preschool Standards,pp. 89- 92

* Article: Strickland, D. S., & Riley-Ayers, S. (2006, April). Early literacy: Policy and practice in the preschool years. NIEER Preschool Policy Brief, 1- 12. Retrieved from http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/10.pdf

Note: The following resources will be particularly helpful to you in your Application this week.

* Previous Course Text: Copple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
o Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, pp. 16- 23
o Chapter 4, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Preschool YearsAges 3- 5: An Overview pp. 142- 148, Language and Literacy Development

* Media: Early Literacy
o Program 1,Emergent Literacy (approximate length: 25 minutes)
Dr. Dorothy Strickland explains key information and concepts that support young childrens literacy development.

Supplemental Resources

* Web Article: Early Literacy: New Issues and Challenges http://www.mcrel.org/PDF/PolicyBriefs/5003PI_PBEarlyLiteracy.pdf#search=”Early Literacy New Issues and Challenges”

* Web Article: The Essentials of Early Literacy Instruction.

* Online Book Chapter: Learning Phonics: Strategies that Support Beginning Readers and Writers http://www.reading.org/Publish.aspx?page=bk184-5-Strickland.pdf&mode=retrieve&D=10.1598/0872071847.5&F=bk184-5-Strickland.pdf&key=E214AD0D-F290-4856-847C-03C94022918A

* Website: NIERR Online Newsletter

* Web Article: Phonological Awareness is Childs Play

* Web Article: Where We Stand on Learning to Read and Write (NAEYC and IRA)

Content Review


* Respond to each item. Each response should be concise and between 2-3 paragraphs in length.
* Use MS Word to write your responses, and submit your answers to all three questions in one Word document.
* Copy and paste each question within the document, so that your Instructor can see to which question you are responding.

1. Imagine you are a preschool director meeting with a parent who is considering enrolling her 4-year-old in your program. She asks how you will help her child learn to read and describes workbooks for letter and sound practice that she buys for her child to use at home. Write your response, including concepts that are important for this parent to understand about the roles of oral language, concepts of print, phonemic awareness, and alphabet knowledge in an early literacy curriculum. Include and explain language and literacy terms in the script that can aid the parent¢s understanding, tactfully including your thinking about the workbooks she has described.

2. Summarize the debate between proponents of emergent literacy and of Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) by explaining essential differences in these theoretical perspectives. Then, in your own words, make a case for a balanced early literacy curriculum, citing evidence from the learning resources to support your reasoning.

3. The NIEER Preschool Policy Brief identifies five issues related to how early childhood programs can foster the skills and abilities that children need to become successful readers and writers and how reading difficulties can be prevented (p. 3). Choose three of these issues and explain how each will influence your practice as an early childhood professional supporting young childrens early literacy development.

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