Effective Literacy in Preschool

What should literacy instruction look like in a preschool classroom? As high-stakes testing puts more pressure on teachers and students, the spotlight is shifting to evaluate how we are preparing students in the years before kindergarten. Expectations for our early learners are going up. Many districts are struggling with how to help more children enter kindergarten ready and on a path to academic success. While it may be tempting to transform preschool classrooms to look more like kindergarten, the research shows that there are two literacy strategies that are proven to be developmentally appropriate and massively impactful for future reading success.

This graphic from the U.S. Department of Education illustrates these two practices in action. Based on the findings of What Works Clearinghouse, phonological awareness training and interactive and dialogic reading are effective strategies to put preschoolers on the path to reading success. 

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Patti’s Pockets

This week's Family Friday is a special arts and crafts project. Just like in the story, Patti's Pockets, you will collect items in your own "pockets" and then use what you collected to make a collage! Read our step-by-step guide on how to use everyday items to create something beautiful!

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The Alphabet Song

This week's Family Friday is a hands-on adventure. Explore your home find the every day objects that begin with your favorite letters to create an alphabet gallery. Have fun!

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What Am I Feeling?

This week's Family Friday will put your acting skills to the test! After you read about the different emotions in What Am I Feeling you will play a game of charades that is fun for all ages.

This week, there are BONUS game sheets you can print and do with your child at home or on the go!

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Full Moon Parade

This week's Family Friday is a fun interactive activity you can do on your own, or with others. After reading Full Moon Parade, you will bring the characters from the book to life and create your own scene. Have fun!

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Ursula the Umbrella Cockatoo

For this week's Family Friday you will make a present for our two-legged friends: the birds! Just like Ursula in Ursula the Umbrella Cockatoo, the birds in your neighborhood need a place to live. Read our step-by-step guide on how to build your very own birdhouse out of everyday items.

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Earth and Sky

This week's Family Friday will get you will make a volcano. After reading about this natural occurrence in our Earth and Sky series, you will get to see your very own erupt. Have fun!

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College Bound from Birth

The language gap between rich and poor children begins at birth.  In fact, Stanford University research found that 2-year-old children of lower income families may already be 6 months behind in language development.  Early learning gives the strongest return on investment, providing a clear path to a college education and career success.

Footsteps2Brilliance is excited to announce our partnership with College Bound from Birth. Designed and delivered by the early childhood education experts at Collaborative for Children, College Bound from Birth is a three-year quality improvement program offered at no cost in selected neighborhoods throughout Texas.  Program components aim to improve the quality of early learning, leading to kindergarten readiness.  Nobel Prize winning economist, James Heckman, whose research has proven the economic benefits of quality early learning, serves on the Collaborative for Children’s Advisory Board.

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Cafe de Cualquier Manera

El Viernes en Familia de esta semana es una delicia para todas las edades. Después de leer Cafe de Cualquier Manera, ¡harás tu propio bote banana! Al igual que en la historia, puedes hacer este postre como quieras. Lea nuestra guía paso a paso sobre cómo hacer este postre en casa. ¡Que te diviertas!

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Anyway Cafe

This week's Family Friday is a tasty treat for all ages. After reading Anyway Cafe, you will make your very own banana boat! Just like in the story, you can make this desert anyway you want. Read our step-by-step guide on how to make this dessert at home. Have fun!

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