Early Childhood Training

********Due to recent funding cuts, there is a per head fee to attend.  If you are interested please contact Lindsey Tilley at ltilley@ecok.edu or at 580-559-5465.  

Click here for the schedule for Pre-K.

COST - please contact Lindsey Tilley at ltilley@ecok.edu or call 580-559-5465.

There is a growing need to provide age appropriate literacy experiences for young children. The Literacy First Process recognizes the uniqueness of the young learned and provides information and instruction for teachers related to activities and experiences to promote literacy in a child friendly learning environment.

The Literacy First Early Childhood Process is designed specifically to meet the literacy needs of children ages four to six. While many of the components of the Early Childhood Process are similar to the K-2 Literacy First Process, certain component have been adapted to meet the needs of younger students and other components have been added.

Each participant will receive supplemental materials along with four published books:

  • I Can Read, I can Write by Terri Beeler
  • Phonics A to Z by Wiley Blevins
  • Classroom Centers by Linda Holliman
  • Phonological Awareness by Yvette Zgonc

The total cost for these materials is over $150 but every participant receives them free as a part of attending this workshop.

The following components are included in the Literacy First Early Childhood Process.

  • Characteristics of young children and considerations for teaching literacy skills.
  • The development of literacy skills that affect reading success.
  • Overview of how the Literacy First Early Childhood Process fits with the K-12 Literacy First Process.
  • Phonological awareness - definition of skills, sequence of skills.
  • Phonological awareness - specific classroom activities, lessons, resources.
  • Phonological awareness - assessment, matching assessment to instruction.
  • Walls that teach.
  • Print rich environment - how to develop, expand and use to instruct.
  • Application of Academic Learning Time and Anatomy of a Lesson.
  • Literacy centers - how to develop and include literacy throughout all centers.
  • Skills checklist of each child's emergent literacy skills.
  • Read aloud - as a technique and tool to teach literacy components.
  • Development of comprehension skills through listening - using specific strategies and techniques.
  • Phonics skills for the young learner.
  • Phonics assessments.
  • Articulation of sounds.
  • Emphasis on oral language development.
  • Importance of providing experiences and building on the child's prior knowledge.
  • Family connection and education in relation to their child's literacy development.
  • Checklists for teacher instruction.
  • Classroom environmental checklist.
  • Shared reading and writing.
  • Examples and discussion of daily schedules.

********Due to recent funding cuts, we will not be offering our usual  Fall workshops.  However, some school districts are choosing to run their own classes with some availability to the public.  There is a per head fee to attend.  If you are interested please contact Lindsey Tilley at ltilley@ecok.edu or at 580-559-5465.