EARLY LITERACY AND BOOKS: Making the Connection (online class)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Moodle (free class through Library of Virginia, 2 weeks)

Online Class:

Taught by Saroj Ghoting, hosted through the Library of Virginia. A person in a library system is the host/facilitator for the class, gathering participants and providing contact information and any answering any local questions. Each class has five weeks of content and one final week that is monitored for finishing up assignments. Classes are asynchronous, participants do readings and assignments at their own time. Assignments are available Sunday and are due the following Saturday. Approximate class/homework time 3 hours per week. The fee is $3,000 for 30 people or less. Feel free to email Saroj for further details sghoting@gmail.com


5 Weeks, Online Course


Introduction to the early literacy components and practices as set forth in the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the American Library Association. By the end of the class, you should be able to recognize what the early literacy components look like for each age-level of child, newborn to two-year-olds, 2 and 3 year olds and 4 and 5 year olds and to demonstrate how the components and practices can be applied while sharing books with young children.

Overview of the Course

Session 1: Introduction, Information on Brain Development and Stages of Early Childhood Development

Session 2: Overview of Reading Research, Reading Process, Five Early Literacy Practices

Session 3: Oral Language, Three Ways to Engage Parents and Children in Interactive Reading, Overview of Early Literacy Components

Session 4: More in-depth information on four of the five early literacy components, development over the age levels, and relating to books (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, and vocabulary)

Session 5: More in-depth on the fifth early literacy component, background knowledge, development over the age levels, and relating to books; Relate components and practices to each other and to books and activities to extend ways to share books with young children

The required text book is Ages and Stages by Karen Miller (2001), available through Gryphon House. Participants must obtain this book in advance and have it in hand by the first day of the course. https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/ages_and_stages In addition please locate a copy of Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney by the beginning of the fourth week of the class.