T486 – K – 3 Reading and Writing
This course prepares early childhood educators to guide young children from diverse family and cultural backgrounds in learning to read and write in school settings. The perspective taken is that of balanced literacy which refers to planning for instructional practices with young children that attend to:
- Reading and writing
- Listening and speaking
- Teacher lead and child initiated activities and discussion
- Skill learning while engaged in high level thinking
- Whole group and small group instruction with individual conferring and conversation
- Rigor and challenge with visible motivation and engagement by children across learning formats
- Building home and school partnerships.
Educators become proficient in recognizing and describing developmental stages in learning to read and write for 5- to 8-year-olds, identifying different factors that influence the learning process, and designing curricula for reading and writing that meet the Common Core State Standards.