This course examines the development of language and literacy in young children from birth through the primary years. Theoretical foundations and various models that support young children’s early literacy will be explored. Other topics included are: working with families to support literacy development, assessing early literacy development, integrating literacy throughout the curriculum, and selecting quality literature that addresses cultural, racial, linguistic, religious, gender, age and family diversity. Students will be given the opportunity to explore all genres, and a student-created children’s book will be a culminating project. A two hour community project involving reading to children is required.
Prerequisites: ECHD 103 or Permission of Instructor
3 credits (3 lecture hrs.), fall semester