Archives: emergent literacy

Interactive Books and Core Vocabulary

September 12, 2016 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Interactive Books and Core Vocabulary | Filed in: Communication, Early Literacy, Language, Making Materials.

I have decided to develop a few of my own interactive books so that I can give them away and avoid copyright issues. I believe it is important to focus on Core Vocabulary words even with verbal students. Most Core Vocabulary words are also found on sight word lists (Dolch,  Fry…). Here’s the book I • Read More »

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Shared Reading for Language Development

September 2, 2016 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Shared Reading for Language Development | Filed in: Communication, Early Literacy, Language.

  A primary goal for shared reading is to increase language.   Secondary goals can include joint attention, increase participation, and picture representation. For children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal, you can easily make it interactive by inserting target vocabulary in the story using AAC.  For example, when reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Bill • Read More »

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Three Children and a Bully (A Billy Goats’ Gruff Adaption)

March 6, 2016 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Three Children and a Bully (A Billy Goats’ Gruff Adaption) | Filed in: Early Literacy.

Taking a familiar story, such as Billy Goats’ Gruff, a new story can be developed.  Keeping the structure of the story, replace the main characters and setting.  Young children thrive on repetition and familiarity.  Talk about how the two stories are similar and once this has been established, discuss differences-characters, settings, problems, solutions. Three Children and • Read More »

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Reading Aloud

February 22, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Reading Aloud | Filed in: Early Literacy, Language.

Children’s literature and picture books can be a wonderful model of rich expressive language and should be included in any language program. The language in books provides a model of syntax for children with syntactical problems, children who speak nonstandard dialects, and for children who speak English as a second language. Books can also introduce new • Read More »

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