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Language and Literacy: Print-Rich Environment Workshop

Walk around for a day and notice all the places that words appear. Listen to the language being used at work, with your friends and on the street. Children pick up a lot from the world around them. By making children aware of the words in their environment you can help them build their language and literacy skills. This workshop focuses on developing language and literacy skills by creating a print-rich environment.




Think of some questions that you have about language and literacy development and write them down. How do you help children improve their language and literacy? What is the difference between memorizing and learning?


Field Visit

Where is print available in your environment? As you watch, look for things that the child care provider does that you would find helpful.


Follow-up Discussion

Prepare to watch how the panelists react. Keep your questions and the active learning questions in mind and take notes.


Activity: Nature Poster

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. Think about how you have integrated language and literacy into play. What are your children learning when they do these activities with you?

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"Tips on Creating a Print Rich Environment" (281K)
"Tips on Reading and Sharing Stories" (835K)
"Tips on Reading with Young Children" (521K)
Green Spaghetti (585K)
Mini-Pizza (605K)
Felt Board Stories (457K)
Banana Shake (461K)
Nature Poster (505K)
Playing Post Office (242K)


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Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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