Language and Literacy Rich Environments

The Reading Rockets site is full of information about early literacy.  This link leads you to a resource that has everything you need to know about creating a classroom library from the organization and location of the books to involving children in the planning and care for the library.

While you are there, be sure to check out the list of Reading Topics from A-Z. (external link)

 The article “A Team-Based Action Plan for Creating Language-Rich Preschool Classroom Environments” describes what the literature says about language-rich classroom environments and provides a systematic, team-based process for achieving for preschool children. (external link)
The post titled “Literacy in Inclusive Preschools” shares that when you design early literacy environments that meet the needs of children with disabilities, all children benefit. (external link)

Responsive Teaching/Caregiving

Better Kid Care offers on demand lessons on a variety of topics.  Click here to view topics and get additional information. (external link)
Watch this brief video, “Engaging Children Conversations” from Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) about how to engage young children in conversations.  Afterwards, download the one-page tip sheets for young infants, older infants/toddlers, and preschoolers to use as a resource or print and share with others. (external link)
The Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has created a “Book Nook,” with easy-to-use guides and activities for more than 20 popular children’s books. Created especially for teachers, caregivers and parents to provide hands-on ways to embed social emotional skills building activities into everyday routines, they help you to promote the development of language and literacy skills along the way! (external link)
10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers provides simple practices supported by research that practitioners and families can do to promote language and communication development. (external link)



Language and Literacy in Everyday Activities

 Get Ready to Read! Offers a set of 36 activity cards for emerging readers and writers at 3 different levels – beginning, making progress, and getting ready to read.  They cover a variety of skills – print knowledge, linguistic awareness, and emergent writing and are available in Spanish. (external link)
 The Hanen Center Literacy Corner is a great resource for practitioners to refine their skills in building children’s early literacy skills.  On this page, you can learn about the “E’s and P’s of Critical Thinking,” how to “Shoot for the SSTaRS,” and more! (external link)
Zero to Three offers a wide range of resources to promote the learning and development of children from birth through age three.  On their page about language and communication you’ll find a variety of articles and a short video related to promoting language and communication skills in infants and toddlers.  Download the article “What we know about Early Literacy and Language Development” to learn how language and literacy skills unfold for infants and toddlers during the first three years of life.(external link)

Predictors of Early Literacy Success

In the video “Five Predictors of Early Literacy” from Eastern Connecticut State University, Dr. Theresa Brouley discusses the 5 areas of early literacy that best predict children’s future reading and writing development, as well as the instructional practices to build them. (external link)
In “Green Lights, Caution Lights and Red Lights from the National Early Literacy Panel, you will find recommendations for teaching preschool early literacy skills.  These recommendations have been sorted into three categories – green lights, caution lights, and red lights – making it easy to choose which are best to implement in your program! (external link)
Closing the Word Gap” is an article describes the disparity in vocabulary development that can exit between young children know as the “word gap.” Tips at the end of the article describe what you can do to  help young children build their vocabularies.  You can watch Efficiency in Processing Language” for additional information on the research mentioned in the article. (external link)

Featured Websites and Resources

Center  for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) provides technical assistance and coaching to support early learning practices.  Click through the website to find a variety of resources including CELLcasts, videos, and newsletters on a variety of topics for ages birth-6. (external link)
We all know talking, reading, and singing with preschoolers every day is important!  Download Talk, Read and Sing Together Everyday” from Too Small to Fail to learn simple tips to use in a variety of situations throughout the classroom, including with English language learners. (external link)




Resources for Families