Very young children thrive in an environment that is rich in exposure to everyday objects, stories, and visual images. Age appropriate books, art prints and objects not only appeal to toddlers and two-year-olds but help them understand the world around them. Learn how to develop a curiosity that promotes early literacy by incorporating the arts, the community, and everyday objects into classroom activities.
November 21, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
“I loved the way they [the facilitators] remind us how we can bring the community to our school so budget or time doesn’t stop us.”
“This was a great presentation. Ignited my curiosity of allowing more child-led exploration.”
“This was so fantastic. It was so useful, interactive, and creative. Engaging from start to finish.”
- Create a shared definition of reading.
- Discuss the skills that an emergent reader is developing.
Emergent Literacy Toolkit
- Identify specific strategies for developing emergent literacy skills.
- Participants will brainstorm object-based lessons around “Goodnight Moon.”
- Participate in two museum-based lessons that connect with a book and utilize the approaches previously discussed as well as other teaching strategies that enhance community-based learning with young children.
- Share examples of environments and techniques that encourage young readers.
- A panel of educators discuss:
- Emergent literacy and standards
- Inclusion and anti-bias
- Choosing and making books