The National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Stern Center for Language and Learning are pleased to co-sponsor this series of three Early Literacy Webinars, based on the Stern Center's BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® program. These 90-minute webinars, on the following topics, are for early childhood teachers and child care providers.
Shared Book Reading
Reading with children provides valuable opportunities for enriching vocabulary and other important oral language skills as well as for extending basic knowledge about the world. Viewers will learn how to maximize language growth through shared book reading. They will also find out how to increase children's understanding of concepts of print, how books work, and the wonders of letters and words on a page. Activities will be demonstrated to help prepare children to become motivated, equipped, and successful readers and writers. View the webinar.
Phonological (Sound) Awareness
Phonological awareness, or the insight that words are made up of discrete parts, is one of the strongest indicators of future reading success. Viewers will learn how to use books, songs and conversation to increase youngsters' ability to learn important preliteracy concepts through play with sounds and syllables. Enjoyable activities will be described and modeled to help children rhyme as well as identify, separate, and blend sounds with words. View the webinar.
Speech to Print Connection
Children can be empowered to match what they know best - speech - with what they need to learn to read - print. Through children's first exposure to the alphabet, the speech to print connection is built. Activities to strengthen letter naming and children's own name recognition serve as the springboard for establishing sound-symbol relationships and word recognition. Enjoyable group activities demonstrate how early literacy can be promoted to prepare children for later reading success. View the webinar.