One approach that is simple to implement and inclusive of children with and without disabilities is called Big Paper. Big Paper involves seating small groups of children around a large piece of bulletin board or butcher paper that is placed across a table or on the floor. Research Learning to write is a complex… Read More Encouraging Writing in Early Childhood
Before a student can become a successful writer, we must first find his ideal pencil. Many teachers make the assumption that a student without the physical ability to hold and manipulate a writing utensil is not ready for writing instruction. Many students are able to use a writing utensil such as a pencil, pen, crayon,… Read More Writing Opportunities: Finding Your Student’s Pencil
When students know that their writing matters, they are more likely to produce better writing samples. Perhaps the best way to let students know that their writing is important is to have them publish! Publishing can be a class experience that creates excitement and can build confidence in writers. Confident writers will want to write… Read More Let’s Get Published!
Learn more about embedding literacy instruction into your classroom routine and activities through the following online learning opportunities. Each webinar or module is free and can be accessed at your convenience, making it easy to complete at your own pace and providing a great way to learn more about topics that interest you. Research… Read More Free Resources to Support Early Literacy Development
Having daily opportunities to listen to an adult read aloud increases students’ own comprehension and fluency. This is especially important for students with intellectual disabilities. Here are some examples of how reading aloud can blend with and support some of the other five elements of literacy instruction. Research Does reading aloud to your class… Read More Reading Aloud Is Allowed
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It is important for children with disabilities to have equal opportunities to participate in these experiences and access books as independently as possible. Adapting books is one solution for supporting all children’s literacy development. Research Every child has the natural ability to respond to the language and pictures in books. Language encompasses the structure,… Read More Making Books Accessible For All Children