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Conducting Early Literacy Trainings

Brochures and Other Items to Distribute to Families

Posters

Purple poster of six crayons, each naming and describing one of the early literacy skills.  Developed by Multnomah County Library, available in English and Spanish. 
 

Brochures 

Born to Read brochures include tips on reading to babies and a book list. The English brochure is available to purchase from the American Library Association Store. The Spanish and Chinese versions are available to download and print.

Every Child Ready to Read 1st Edition brochures cover the six early literacy skills by age.

Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition brochures focus on the five early literacy activites caregivers can do with their children to develop early literacy skills. They are available to purchase from the American Library Association Store.

Milestones of Early Literacy Development is a handout by Reach Out And Read that provides guidance on how to support early literacy development in young children. It is available to download and print in English and Spanish.

Milestone Moments: Learn the Signs. Act Early is a booklet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides parents with a checklist of key cognitive and physical milestones, suggests activities to help children learn and grow, and provides information about what parents can do if they are concerned about developmental delays.  While the focus of this booklet is over-all child development, it includes a lot of information around language development which is the foundation of early literacy.  In addition, many of the suggested activities support early literacy development.

The Reading for a Healthy Start brochure covers the importance of reading to young children, suggested reading list for kids, resources for parents, library visits, and tips on reading to your child. This brochure was included in the RFHF Resource Kit. Available in English and Spanish
 
Saroj Ghoting links to a variety of early literacy brochures, book lists, activity cards, and more that are available to download and print.

Young Children: Stages and Books is a seven page chart by Saroj Ghoting neatly outlines the ages and stages of early literacy activities 0-5 year old are capable of, what types of books are appropriate for those stages, and how to share books with children at each age. 

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Conduct Early Literacy Training for Early Childhood Professionals

Only Every Child Ready to Read Standardized Trainers certified by the Oregon Registry may use this curriculum to conduct training for early childhood professionals for Set One continuing education credit. Standardized Trainers must present this curriculum as it is laid out in the manuals in order to provide continuing education credit. They are encouraged to replaces the songs, rhymes, finger plays, and children’s books used as examples throughout the curriculum with their personal favorites because this will make the training more fun and engaging for everyone. Each of the following three workshops may be presented in 2-3 hours, depending on the trainer and the needs of each audience.
 
Early childhood professionals who attend these trainings presented by an Every Child Ready to Read Standardized Trainers will learn how to conduct early literacy training for parents, other primary caregivers, and informal childcare providers (described below).
 
Contact Standardized Trainers to inquire about upcoming trainings or to schedule training. Standardized Trainers are at liberty to negotiate their own contacts and payment for services on a case-by-case basis.
 
How to use these materials to plan and conduct Every Child Ready to Read Standardized Trainings.
 
Workshop One: Six skills overview, print motivation, vocabulary, and reading books
·         Manual
·         Script
·         PowerPoints (English and Spanish)
·         Other materials needed to conduct the training
·         Sample agenda
·         Sample practice activities
·         Sign-in sheet
·         Evaluation
 
Workshop Two: Print awareness, narrative skills, and dialogic reading
·         Manual
·         Script
·         PowerPoints (English and Spanish)
·         Other materials needed to conduct the training
·         Sample agenda
·         Sample practice activities
·         Sign-in sheet
·         Evaluation
 
Workshop Three: Letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and phonological games
·         Manual
·         Script
·         PowerPoints (English and Spanish)
·         Other materials needed to conduct the training
·        Sample agenda
·         Sample practice activities
·         Sign-in sheet
·         Evaluation
 
With permission from the Association for Library Services to Children and Public Library Division, the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library 1st Edition early literacy curriculum was adapted to be more flexible. The content of the 1st Edition was just reorganized so that there are six parent education sessions, one for each of the early literacy skills, rather than three workshops organized by age ranges. Renea Arnold and Joann Contini also develop and added three new parent education sessions on reading books, dialogic reading, and phonological games.
 
Questions about the curriculum? Contact KatieAnderson@state.or.us, 503-378-2528.
 
Questions about continuing education credit and the Oregon Registry? Contact occdregistry@pdx.edu, 877-725-8535.
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Conduct Early Literacy Training for Families

Early childhood professionals who attended an early literacy training presented by an Every Child Ready to Read Standardized Trainer (described above) may use this curriculum to conduct early literacy training for parents, other primary caregivers, and informal childcare providers (clients). Early childhood professionals are encouraged to apply their knowledge and experience to use these materials in whatever way best meets the needs of their clients. Each of these trainings is designed to be a 45-60 minute presentation with a PowerPoint slide show and handouts. However the concepts, activities, and handouts may be pulled out and presented individually without PowerPoints or combined in different ways to meet the specific needs of different clients.
 
How to use these materials to plan and conduct early literacy trainings for families.
 
Six skills overview: Learn about the six early literacy skills children need to develop before they can learn to read.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Print motivation: Develop a love for stories and the books they live in.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Vocabulary: Learn the words in our language and what they mean.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Reading books: Learn how to share books with babies in arms, toddlers on the move, and busy preschoolers.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Print awareness: Learn how books work.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Narrative skills: Learn how to tell stories to communicate effectively to others.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Dialogic reading: Learn an evidence-based technique for reading to children to develop early literacy skills.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Letter knowledge: Learn the names of letters and notice print in the real world.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Phonological awareness: Learn to hear the smaller sounds that make up words (precursor to phonics).
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Phonological games: Learn fun wordplay and activities to develop phonological awareness.
·         Script
·         PowerPoints in English and Spanish
·         Handouts in English and Spanish
 
Early childhood professionals may find these resources on selecting age appropriate books for young children, sources for books in other languages, and information about finding good deals and grants for buying books helpful.
 
Early childhood professionals may find early literacy research and resources on other topics that relate to early literacy and language development helpful in their work with parents, other primary caregivers, and informal childcare providers. Resources on other topics include bilingual language development, children with special needs, early brain development, media literacy, and self-regulation.
 
With permission from the Association for Library Services to Children and Public Library Division, the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library 1st Edition early literacy curriculum was adapted to be more flexible. The content of the 1st Edition was just reorganized so that there are six parent education sessions, one for each of the early literacy skills, rather than three workshops organized by age ranges. Renea Arnold and Joann Contini also develop and added three new parent education sessions on reading books, dialogic reading, and phonological games.
 
Questions about the curriculum? Contact KatieAnderson@state.or.us, 503-378-2528.
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Early Literacy Activities Families Can Do While On The Go

View and print activities for parents to use with their children. These are available in English and Spanish
 
Washington Learning Systems, LLC is a small company working to create big changes in the lives of young children. Their evidence based programs promote early literacy, language, cognitive, and social development. 
 
They have made available free reproducible language and early literacy activities that were developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. and Kristin Rytter, Ph.D, with Judy Challoner, Faith Haertig Sadler, Young Sook Lim, Ph.D., Marilyn Sturm, and Rodd Hedlund (2005). The development of these materials was supported by Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Dr. Notari-Syverson and colleagues allow the materials to be reproduced and distributed as long as the materials are not sold.
 
The materials are specifically designed to address the three key skills of 1) language development, 2) phonological awareness, and 3) general print awareness.
 
These materials include home and community activities for adults and children that encourage early language and literacy development in young children. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
 
Each of the activities includes three pages: 1) An activity description, 2) Hints for making the activity fun and developmentally appropriate, and 3) A brief self-evaluation form that cues parents and other caregivers to notice their children’s skills, and also cues adults to examine and grow their own interactions with children.
 

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Early Literacy Instructional Videos for Families

Born to Succeed (DVD)
In Born to Succeed, young parents share their personal stories of reading with their infants and toddlers, describing how it benefits their relationships and develops their child’s early literacy skills.  Parents provide practical tips for other young parents.  This video is particularly effective to show to teen parents.  Available in English and Spanish. Developed by Multnomah County Library. 
  


Growing Readers: Help Your Child Get Ready to Read/Lectores en crecimiento (Online)

Reading for All, in partnership with McMinnville public Library and the Oregon Community Foundation, produced this video to demonstrate real early literacy interactions between children and parents. The video features physicians, librarians, and parents discussing early literacy activities and why they are important. This video is available streaming online in English and in Spanish.

 

Playing Around with Words (DVD)
Playing Around with Words: Games and Activities to Develop Phonological Awareness in 4-5 Year Olds explains and demonstrates how playing simple games throughout the day develops phonological awareness, one of the key skills in getting ready to read. Developed by Provo Public Library, available for purchase via the ALA Store.


Ready to Learn: Essential Tips for Early Literacy (DVD)
In Ready to Learn: Essential Tips for Early Literacy, LeVar Burton, Jamie Lee Curtis, and child development experts show parents how to help their children develop language skills and learning skills through everyday activities.  Parents will learn how to effectively communicate with their children, incorporate reading into their daily routine, and activities that will spark their child’s interest in learning.  Available in English and Spanish, booklet included.


Success Starts with Reading (DVD)
In Success Starts with Reading parents share early literacy messages, demonstrating how to foster the development of early literacy skills by encouraging their children to participate in the story.  Talking, singing, reading, and rhyming may seem just like fun and games, but they are important activities that lead to reading! Developed by Multnomah County Library.


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Every Child Ready to Read @ your library Early Literacy Curricula

In 2004 the Association for Library Services to Children and Public Library Association develop the research-based Every Child Ready to Read @ your library early literacy curriculum. It includes three trainings for parents about the six early literacy skills children need to develop before they can learn to read. It is recommended that early childhood professionals receive training prior to implementing this curriculum with parents or informal childcare providers. The 1st Edition kit can be checked out from the State Library.

In 2011 the Association for Library Services to Children and Public Library Association updated the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library curriculum. The research and information in the 1st Edition is still accurate, but some new research has been added to the 2nd Edition. The 2nd Edition includes 3 trainings for parents with their children about the five activities they can do to foster the development of the six early literacy skills, 1 training for parents only, and two trainings for library staff. It is designed to be a turn-key curriculum that does not require any training to implement. The 2nd Edition kit can be checked out from the State Library.   

These curricula are not approved by the Oregon Registry. 
 

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RFHF Manuals for Conducting Early Literacy Trainings


With permission from the Association for Library Services to Children and Public Library Division, the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library 1st Edition early literacy curriculum was adapted for RFHF to be more flexible. The content of the 1st Edition was just reorganized so that there are six parent education sessions, one for each of the early literacy skills, rather than three workshops organized by age ranges. Renea Arnold and Joann Contini also develop and added three new parent education sessions on reading books, dialogic reading, and phonological games. View and print the RFHF manuals and resource kit--these materails include some resources specific to the RFHF grant project which ended in 2012. 

This adapted curriculum is approved by the Oregon Registry for early childhood professionals.
 

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