Teachers and parents have received mixed messages about the right way to teach reading and writing skills to young children. This course explores current research about how a child becomes literate from birth to early school years. You will learn how children develop reading and writing fluency by reading stories about real children, doing interactive assignments, and exploring the latest in parent and childcare information, including how to recognize barriers to literacy.
In this course, you will:
- Understand what literacy is and what research says about instruction,
- Recognize the many preliteracy skills that develop during the first three years,
- Understand the connections happening as a preschooler begins to explore and use print,
- Know what reading skills to look for as a child enters school, and
- Realize that many processes come together to create fluent readers and writers.