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1 DELAWARE EARLY LITERACY INITIATIVE Dr. Jim J. Lesko Delaware Department of Education Reading Cadre

2 Emergent Literacy Emergent literacy involves the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are developmental precursors to conventional forms of reading and writing (Whitehurst & Lonigan, 1998).

3 Emergent Literacy Interventions in the preschool period need to focus on emergent literacy skills because children are not yet engaging in conventional forms of literacy.

4 Emergent Literacy – National Early Literacy Panel How to define emergent literacy Two conditions need to be satisfied for something to be considered an emergent literacy skill: (a) Must come before conventional literacy skills. (b) Must be related to (i.e., predictive of) conventional literacy skills.

5 Identifying Emergent Literacy Skills Many candidate emergent literacy skills have been suggested, including oral language concepts about print environmental print alphabet knowledge phonological processing skills visual-perceptual skills emergent (pretend) reading emergent (pretend) writing

6 A number of variables have strong and consistent relations with later conventional literacy outcomes in a relatively large number of studies with a relatively large number of children (meaning they are sizable, reliable, and stable):

7 Strong Predictors: Alphabet Knowledge Concepts About Print Phonological Awareness Invented Spelling [Primary Oriented] Oral Language Writing Name RAN (Rapid Automatic Naming/Lexical Access)

8 Other variables have a smaller effect or have been examined in fewer studies with fewer children: Visual Motor Skills Visual Perceptual Skills

9 Oral Language Interventions All forms of interactive shared reading interventions produce positive effects on childrens oral language skills as measured by standardized tests and more natural language samples. These interventions require children to respond and incorporate a scaffolding approach.

10 Oral Language Interventions Effective agents of intervention can be teachers, parents, community volunteers, or teacher aides. Vocabulary is a crucial element to impacting later reading Effects are obtained with children selected for risk status and unselected children.

11 Phonological Awareness Interventions There is a large amount of information on the effects of teaching phonological sensitivity to children and its impact on reading skills. These data indicate that training on phonological skills is effective and has a significant impact on decoding skills.

12 Phonological Awareness Interventions The majority of these data, however, come from studies of children in the first grade or older. A search of the published evidence yielded approximately 55 studies of phonological sensitivity interventions with children who were in kindergarten or preschool. Of these, only 6 studies included primarily children who were preschool age.

13 Phonological Awareness Interventions Approximately 6 hours of exposure to this program, conducted by the experimenters, resulted in effects on reading skills that persisted for 6 years. A trial of the same program, but implemented by preschool teachers, also yielded positive immediate results; however, the overall size of the effect was not as large as that obtained in the experimenter implemented program.

14 Print Knowledge Interventions There are relatively few studies examining the effect of training children in print knowledge. The majority of studies involving the teaching of letters have been done in the context of training phonological sensitivity with older children (i.e., Kindergarten or above).

15 Print Knowledge Interventions Data from these studies provide evidence that training children in both phonological sensitivity and letter knowledge is more effective than training in phonological sensitivity alone

16 Common Miscues Using materials and activities that are not comprehensible Little connection to students lives Materials are not interesting Activities are often passive rather than active Materials/activities more on lower-order skills Standardize curriculum instead of individualize instruction

17 Implications for Early Childhood Education

18 Five Key Literacy Areas Print Awareness Phonemic Awareness Alphabet Vocabulary – Oral Language Reading Aloud/Listening/Text Comprehension

19 Links with Effective Literacy Practices Time for children to engage in reading Small group instruction Increase instructional time and engagement High expectations for achievement Use research-based practices On-going professional development

20 Links with Effective Literacy Practices Collaboration across programs and classrooms Strong home-program connection Using child development data to target instruction Identify literacy as important curriculum component

21 Links with Effective Literacy Practices Building childrens language and literacy skills in the preschool period. Identifying skills early gives children the strongest foundation for learning to read. Decisions about developing or selecting the most appropriate curricula (e.g., content, intensity, sequence) are critical

22 Links with Effective Literacy Practices Professional development (e.g., read-aloud practices, PA activities) is critical for educators and volunteers. Assessment of early literacy skills is important to instruction

23 Delaware Early Literacy Practices Professional Development State Improvement Grant – Early Literacy Early Educators in Child Care/Education Certified Educators in Schools Parents Care to Read Early Educators in Child Care/Education Early Learning Foundations Early Educators in Child Care/Education

24 Delaware Early Literacy Practices Resources Reading Is Fundamental Growing Together Portfolio Delaware Read ALOUD Read and Rise Initiative Early Reading Grants

25 Delaware Early Literacy Practices Dr. Jim Lesko Delaware Department of Education P.O. Box 1402 Dover, DE

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