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Enriching Early Literacy Experiences with Infants and Toddlers

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EELE Pre-Test

Pre-Test Please complete the course pre-test before continuing with the course.  Failure to complete the course pre-test will prevent you from completing the course, earning your course completion certificate, and…

EELE Objectives

Objectives At the end of this training, participants will be able to: Recognize the stages of language development. Define Self-Talk and Parallel Talk and implement both strategies in classroom. Identify…

EELE Language Development

Language Development Watch the following video clip of babies talking to each other: How do children learn language so naturally and so rapidly? The early years are a time of…

EELE Nativist Approach

Nativist Approach The Nativist approach to language development simply states that we are born with everything we need to learn and use language. This idea began in the 1950s but…

EELE Social Learning Theory

Social Learning Theory Research in the 1980s indicated that infants have the ability to differentiate any sound in any language but lose that ability by the end of the first…

EELE Interactionist Theory

Interactionist Theory The Interactionist theory is based on Lev Vygotsky’s theory of Psychosocial Development. Jerome Bruner, another American psychologist, expanded Vygotsky’s theory to language acquisition. Bruner proposed it is a…

EELE Responsive Caregiving

Responsive Caregiving Responsive caregiving involves the creation of safe, structured environments with predictable routines and interesting materials to explore, and sensitive, caring and dependable interactions with consistent adult caregivers. The…

EELE Responsive Care Giving Process

Responsive Care Giving Process Responsive care starts with the ability to recognize, read, and interpret cues from infants, toddlers, and twos. It is care that responds positively to a child’s…

EELE Mastering Language

Mastering Language To master a spoken language, a child must learn basic sounds, how sounds are combined to form words, how words are combined to form meaningful sentences, what words…

EELE Stages of Language

Stages of Language Let’s go over the stages of language development for infants and toddlers according to the NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2000): Sounds Crying, gurgling, and grunts—…

EELE Culturally Appropriate Practice

Culturally Appropriate Practice Language is influenced by culture and the way a person is raised. Keep in mind the following helpful tips regarding culturally appropriate practices:  It is important to…

EELE Language Components

Language Components Language is divided into five different components in the Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos (2011). Let’s review the standards and indicators for Communication Skills…

EELE Activity Extending Language

Activity: Extending Language In this video clip from Early Educator Central, you will see an early care and education provider extending language with toddlers. Afterwards, you will need to record…

EELE Open-Ended Questions

Open-Ended Questions Open-ended questions have many possible answers. Rather than “Do you think the puppy is sad?” which can be answered with a yes or no, an open-ended question would…

EELE Emergent Literacy

Emergent Literacy The final component of Language Development is Emergent Literacy. Emergent Literacy includes all of a child’s early experiences that contribute to their ability to eventually learn to read.…

EELE Promoting Literacy

Promoting Literacy It is important to read, talk and play with children daily. A provider who promotes lots of play, reads lots of books, and talks a lot with (not…

EELE Inclusion

Inclusion Infants and toddlers with special needs related to language can be successful in a traditional early care and education setting with the help of reasonable accommodations and supports. Making…

EELE Activity Inclusion Scenario

Activity: Inclusion Scenario After reading the following story about Kara and her son Phillip, choose two to three inclusion practices that might be appropriate for Phillip. Phillip is Kara’s quiet…

EELE Wrapping Up

Wrapping Up Children engage adults and each other in conversation that helps them explain and describe their world. They learn to express their thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs, to problem…

EELE Resources

Resources The following resources are listed to provide additional information related to the practices presented in this course. Language Development Bridging the Vocabulary Gap: What Research Tells Us about Vocabulary…

EELE References

References Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early childhood development. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press; 2000. Dickinson DK. Putting the…

EELE Post-Test

Post-Test Please complete the course post-test before continuing with the course.  Failure to complete the course post-test will prevent you from completing the course, earning your course completion certificate, and…