Emergent Literacy Series: Part 1 – 3

January 13, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wood Co Educational Service Center
1867 Research Dr
Bowling Green
OH 43402
Jill Barnhisel
419-720-8999 ext 152

Audience – Preschool Classroom Staff

Presenter – Heather Gaskins, M.F.C.S.

Contact Hours – 6 per session (Participants are expected to attend all three sessions)

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 (January 13, 2023, 9:00 – 4:00)
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 (February 17, 2023, 9:00 – 4:00)
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 (March 10, 2023, 9:00 – 4:00)
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

For questions on the content of this series contact Heather Gaskins

Participants only need to register once to attend all three sessions. If you need credit through OCCRRA, your information will be back entered and you will be notified when you can go into their system and print your certificate of completion.

Register Here!