Developing the Literacy Foundation for our Youngest Learners

Join Dr. Kelli Odden and three reading specialists. Each specialist has been challenged to understand how a child learns to read and made discoveries along the way. We will discuss ways we can help our youngest learners develop the necessary skills needed to be strong readers and writers in the future. This will be an informative hour of discussion and interaction around providing children with developmentally appropriate language and literacy interactions to develop their skills.

Using Social Stories to Support Emotional Functioning Skill Development in Young Children

This training focuses on the importance of guiding and developing a child’s emotional functioning, building a child’s ability to recognize and label feelings while working individually and with others. The literacy strategy social stories will be introduced and discussed as a tool for building a child’s emotional functioning. You will reflect on how interactions, early childhood environments, literacy strategies, and individualization with children are used to build a child’s emotional functioning skills.

Supporting Language Development, Birth to Age Five

This training focuses on the beginning stages of language and literacy. The training will look at the progression of a child’s language from infancy through age five and the critical role that the adult and the environment play in this development. As well as the exploration of children’s early experience with communication, speaking, and hearing vocabulary and the role this plays in a child’s emerging literacy skills. The more children know about language and literacy before they arrive at school, the better equipped they can succeed in reading.

Using Language Strategies to Build Relationship Skills, Birth to Age Five

This training focuses on the importance of relationships and relationship building for children with adults and other children, and this security can help build a child’s language skills. You will reflect on how interactions, early childhood environments, and individualized strategies with children are used to build relationships and encourage language development. This training also demonstrates how one domain area can support additional domains and sub-domains, supporting and encouraging a child’s development and growth.

Building a Child’s Sense of Identity and Belonging through Interactive Read Alouds

This online training focuses on the importance of building a child’s sense of identity and belonging through interactive read alouds. Children with a developed sense of identity and belonging can better regulate their emotions, express themselves, and work in a group. In this training, strategies for reading aloud to children will be discussed, and examples will be given to use with children, focusing on building a child’s sense of identity. The training will reflect on adult and child interactions, early childhood environments, and individualization with children and how they are used to build a child’s sense of identity and belonging.