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Setting the Stage for Reading with Babies and Toddlers
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Amy Read, M.S., Program Manager for Early Literacy Outreach
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Babies come into the world ready to learn. Children need to their parents and caregivers to read, write, sing, talk, and play with them every day in order for children to be ready for school and to be ready to learn how to read. These activities not only help children develop in all areas – physical, cognitive, and social/emotional – they help build the foundation for later reading success. With very young children, ages birth to 24 months, we are not talking about teaching children how to read. The focus is on laying a strong foundation for later reading which is early literacy. Early literacy is what children know about communication, language (verbal and nonverbal), reading, and writing before they can actually read or write. The way we do these activities with young children makes a difference in the development of early literacy skills.
This webinar offered a summary of early literacy as it applies to babies and toddlers, and offers suggestions for ways to support early literacy in enjoyable ways while sharing books throughout the day. The target audience for this webinar includes administrators, educators, and caregivers for young children ages birth to 24 months.
Amy Read is an Early Literacy Program Manager for a Public Library system. In this position she provides early literacy professional development programs for Early Childhood Educators as well as parents. She has a Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations and in over 23 years of experience she has worked in a variety of child and family related programs. She has taught a variety of Early Childhood Education/Child Development courses for Universities and Community Colleges. Additionally, she has worked as an Early Interventionist with families whose children had developmental delays or at-risk behavior and was a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for many years. She has presented workshops and training programs at national, regional, and state conferences on a wide array of child, family, and education issues. She is a co-author of a children’s book, Scribbleball: The Crazy ABC Book!
Gryphon House, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of early childhood resources for teachers and parents.