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The Literacy Gallery
Supporting Parents and Other Caregivers

Welcome!  Browse, contemplate, and engage in this unique area dedicated to parents, grandparents, and other caregivers interested in connecting with educators and others, driven by the desire to help your child continue to grow.  This newly launched section of the website will continue to expand.  Visit often.  Leave us your contact information for news and announcements.

Click on any episode:

• You will see a short description of an interaction between an adult and child.

• You will see a commentary (with blue background) to explain the “why” of what was explored.

• Many commentaries also include suggestions for trying this out on your own.

LEARNING LITERACY

We believe that learning is built into all of us from birth and much of learning is a natural process that emerges from the interaction of children with parents and other human beings and with the world. Newborn babies waste no time in starting a life-long quest of making meaning of their surroundings using all of their senses and their brains.

Here we will explore children learning language – both print and voice – with an emphasis on Learning to Talk, Learning to Read, and Learning to Write.  Our goal is to offer you abundant real-life stories revealing ways in which you can support your child’s learning in these areas.

In the words of Debra Crouch and Brian Cambourne,

“All children are made for learning.”

Index to All Learning Episodes

LEARNING TO TALK

Spoken language builds the foundation for learning to read and write.  Starting at birth, parents and caregivers naturally surround a child with talk.  Babies hear us talking with one another, they listen when we speak to them and about them.  And they are eager to mimic us as they experiment with their first words.  In this section, click on episodes to discover ways you can encourage and nurture your child’s natural curiosity about language and their ability to communicate through talk.

Doo-doo-doo, Baby Shark

Helping a Child Discover the Power of Language

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> primary

 

Jack and Jill

The Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> primary

 

Brady Learns to Sign

How Do We Help Our Littlest Ones to Communicate?

 Infant/toddler <–> preschoolESPAÑOL

Brady’s Shoes

Positive Responses That Encourage Learners

 

 Infant/toddler 

Avery Begins Her Journey

A Road on a Child’s Journey to Becoming Literate

 

 Infant/toddler <–> preschool 

I Remember

Parents: A Child’s First Teacher

 Infant/toddler 

LEARNING TO READ

Reading is about making meaning in print.  Learning to read should be as natural, real, and stress-free as learning to talk.  Reading opens up a child’s imagination and provides access to knowledge about the world around them.  From selecting the right books, to holding your child in your lap as you read your first books together, to their first attempts at reading, your child’s lifelong love of reading begins at home.  In this section, click on episodes to discover how you, your child’s first teacher, can create opportunities to explore printed language.

Best Friends

To Help a Young Reader Learn About Reading

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> primary

 

Luke Swims With the Whales

A Reader’s Imagination

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> High School

 

Sunflowers

Informational Books Ignite Reading

 Infant/toddler <–> primary 

Amir Figures It Out

Meaning Matters Most

 

 Preschool <–> primar 

Just Imagine

Tapping Into Your Child’s Imagination

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> High School

 

I Read the Words Right

Reading Is About Understanding the Story

 

 

Preschool <–> primary

 

One Child’s Journey

Never Give Up

 

 

Primary <–> Middle School

 

A Bedtime Story  

Bedtime Stories and the Opportunity They Give

 

 Infant/toddler <–> intermediateESPAÑOL

A Lively Conversation

Sharing a Book and a Conversation

 

 

Infant/toddler to High School

But the Words Are Bigger

Unlocking the Meaning

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> intermediate

 

 

Flashlight Reading!

Reading Books Together Builds Key Relationships

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> intermediate

 

 I Only Read the “Pink” Books

Reading With a Little One

 

 

Preschool <–> primary

 

A Good Idea!

A Book and the Opportunities it Gives

 

 

Preschool <–> primary

 

Luke and Mother Octopus: A Moment of Enlightenment

A Time of Wonder, Curiosity and Discovery

 

 

Infant/toddler <–> intermediate

 

Turner Makes a Book

Reading My Own Writing

 

Preschool <–> primary

 

LEARNING TO WRITE

We write for a variety of purposes.  Children learn early on that they can share their own ideas with others by telling their story through drawing and writing.  With positive feedback from a parent or caregiver, and with practice, young children gain confidence in expressing themselves and becoming enthusiastic young writers.  In this section, click on episodes to discover how you can help your child become that enthusiastic writer.

Dad’s Notes

Building Writing Relationships

 

 

Preschool <–> intermediate

 

Piper’s Notes

Nurturing Our Youngest Writers

 

 

Preschool <–> intermediate

 

Luke Writes a Poem

Learning to Write: Planting the Seeds

 Preschool <–> primary 

Surprise Box 

Our Littles Need Time and Opportunity to Write

 

 Preschool <–> intermediate 

What’s for Lunch?

Purposeful Everyday Writing

 

 Preschool <–> intermediate 

Sidewalk Chalk

All They Need Is Support

 

 Preschool <–> primary 

Turner Makes a Book

Reading My Own Writing

 

 Preschool <–> primary 

Landon’s Zoo

Kids Need the Time and Opportunity to Write

 Preschool <–> primary 

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