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1 Thanks… for attending today!

2 resources and activities
to use with very young children Dr. James L. Thomas

3 Who is Dr. James L. Thomas? “Mr. Jim”

4 a story, a story why such passion for early literacy?

5 Language Play for Infants
Ready to Read! (reading readiness) The Young and the Restless (1s) Memorable Story/Circle Times for 2s, 3s, 4s


7 WHY language play? establish reading readiness
provide a language rich environment engage with an adult model for parents multi-sensory experiences fun for both the baby and the adult!

8 what is language play? songs dance body movement yoga sign language
sharing books

9 who makes a difference in a young child’s life?
-parents -grandparents -relatives -children’s librarians -early childhood care providers

10 “Language Play for Infants” programs
Baby, oh Baby: Books, Signing, and Songs for Expectant Parents Itsy Bitsy Babies for Mother and Others Man in the Moon for Male Caregivers


12 essentials for young children
books music finger plays signing

13 why books with young children?
introduces the left/right reading process exposes the child to an exciting, new world allows the child to hear the linguistic patterns of his/her language connects a child with an adult

14 why music with young children?
powers the brain: connects neural pathways influences: stimulates creativity connects: brings diverse groups together transports: in time and emotion comforts: security and memories from “Sing into Reading” by Nancy Stewart

15 why finger plays with young children?
promotes love of rhythm and movement helps children to develop creativity encourages greater self-esteem promotes & encourages verbal and motor skills teaches concepts (body parts, counting, up/down) helps children to observe and follow along

16 why sign with young children?
reduces frustration and provides a means to express themselves increases parent-child bonding lets babies communicate vital information

17 children who learn sign actually talk and comprehend language better than those
who don’t 2 year-olds who were taught sign, have a bigger vocabulary and were able to put together significantly longer sentences than those who did not learn sign


19 Developmental Characteristics newborn to 12 months
-follows a moving object or person with eyes -rolls over -explores object with mouth -reacts to sounds of voice, rattle, bell -loves to be touched and held close

20 -returns a smile -responds to peak-a-boo games -sits alone without support -raises up on arms and knees into crawling -may say first word -interested in books with pictures

21 RESEARCH FINDINGS an infant 45 minutes old will imitate an adult sticking our his/her tongue

22 at five months, an infant will learn sequence and anticipate between two: one three times and one twice

23 at five months, an infant is able to discriminate between 2 mouths: one making a noise and the other not; looks and focuses on the one making the noise 10 times longer

24 Early Literacy: definition
“early literacy” is what children learn about reading and writing BEFORE they can actually read or write

25 The 6 Early Literacy Skills
Print Motivation Print Awareness Vocabulary Narrative Skills Letter Knowledge Phonological Awareness



28 recommended books consult you list of titles


30 end

31 early literacy and your role
out of my mind Sharon Draper


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