Emergent Literacy Series

January 21, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This series designed specifically for preschool staff will increase your knowledge and practice of emergent literacy strategies for children, birth through age five.

Part 1: Introduction to Emergent Literacy & Teaching Early Phonological Awareness
Gain a greater understanding of emergent literacy and the importance of developing phonological awareness skills in young children. Participants will:

  • explore the role of each lobe of the brain in the development of the “reading brain”
  • learn the components of phonological processing and its contributions to early literacy development
  • begin to understand the sequences of development in the areas of rhyming, alliteration, blending, and segmenting
  • gain instructional strategies to facilitate development of phonological awareness skills


Part 2: Developing Oral Language & Vocabulary for Emergent Literacy
In this session, we will focus specifically on developing oral language and vocabulary skills in young children. Upon completion of this training, you will:

  • understand the significance of oral language as a component of emergent literacy
  • plan for explicit and intentional instruction to develop oral language skills in young children
  • identify and explain the three tiers, or levels of vocabulary in text
  • demonstrate instructional strategies, aligned with brain research, to build vocabulary and oral language


Part 3: Building Print Awareness through Interactive Read-Alouds
The final session is centered on using read-alouds as a strategy for building print awareness skills in young children. Content is focused on:

  • understanding why print knowledge is important for emergent and early literacy
  • identifying the four dimensions of print knowledge
  • using books to develop print awareness and knowledge at the preschool level
  • accessing materials to aid in classroom, library, or home implementation of print referencing techniques
  • identifying and distinguishing books for shared reading to teach components of emergent literacy

Attendee Expectations

Participants will:

  • complete Classroom Connection assignments between sessions
  • Utilize Padlet resources created for this series



Event Host

State Support Team Region 1

Presenter: Heather Gaskins, SST 1 Consultant

Who Should Attend?

  • Preschool classroom staff, with administrators encouraged to attend


Friday, January 21 9:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m. This session has ended.
Friday, February 18 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


For content information, please contact Heather Gaskins.  If you need assistance with registration, please contact Lisa Jenkins.