Saroj Ghoting offers training and workshops on early literacy for staff in their libraries and at national, state, and local conferences.
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Early literacy encompasses the child's totality of experiences with conversation, oral and written stories, books, and print. According to the organization Zero to Three, the definition of early literacy is what children know about communication, verbal and nonverbal language, reading, and writing before they can actually read and write.
Public libraries continue to position themselves to support families, child care providers, and communities to help every child enter school ready to learn to read. This website brings together key resources and activities that support early literacy. It draws from information from the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® initiative, from the Public Library Association, and from the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association. It also includes the Storytime Share blog which has tips for parents so that library staff can transform traditional storytimes into early literacy enhanced storytimes.
"The workshop was good at filling in the why's of early literacy. Understanding the value of these skills will help in putting them to use."
"Saroj shared her knowledge in such upbeat and passionate ways. She revived my desire to educate by reminding me of the 'big picture' of librarianship goals centering around helping children-families-communities. This workshop was a great spirit booster!"
Thank you again so much for being with us for two days of insightful, encouraging, and just down right fun training. It was wonderful to see so many excited and inspired faces walk away each day, and I was excited to be amongst those ranks. I always enjoy your trainings. Not only do I always get to take away new knowledge and practices, but your joyful spirit is infectious and makes me remember why we do what we do! Thanks for all you do to teach and inspire!
"Talk about immediate results! A dad of a 4-month old was concerned that she was chewing on the books. I saw this vivid image of Saroj biting on the board books during the training and reassured him that he is doing the right thing and this is helping with early literacy skills. Please thank Saroj for such an inspiring session."
"What a fabulous training! Saroj Ghoting's enthusiasm for her subject is refreshing, her knowledge extensive and presented in an easy to understand logical way. I really appreciate all the helpful handouts as well."