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5 Predictors of Early Literacy 

E-Clips Video Series

Early childhood professionals need to know how to support young children's language and early literacy development. In e-clip #1, Dr. Theresa Bouley stresses that best practice in early literacy instruction must involve both spontaneous and planned daily activities focused on the five areas of literacy learning that best predict children's future reading and writing development: oral language, phonemic awareness, alphabet awareness, concepts about print, and early writing with inventive spelling. If preschool teachers know what these five predictors are, they can not only plan daily meaningful lessons in these areas, but they can maximize their ability to catch spontaneous teachable moments throughout the day.

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    1. What strategies do we regularly use to support children's oral language acquisition and vocabulary development?
    2. How can we meaningfully integrate phonemic awareness and alphabet awareness activities into daily routines such as book readings or transition times?
    3. How do we help children understand the purpose of letters and how to use them?
    4. What are some ways that we utilize the teachable moments that arise from the environmental print in our center and classrooms?
    5. What explicit strategies can we use to develop children's understanding of the purpose of writing as well as features and forms of writing?
  • Executive Producer: Julia DeLapp
    Producer/Director: Dr. Denise Matthews
    Production Coordinator: Ken Measimer
    Student Production Assistant: Kerin Jaros-Dressler
    Content Expert: Dr. Theresa Bouley
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