Monday, May 12, 2014

Early Literacy Modeling and Messaging

The Arapahoe Library District in Colorado recently revised their early literacy communication strategies used during storytimes.  Their efforts were two prong--they wanted to improve methods for empowering parents and caregivers as well as incorporate elements from the new Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR2).

Melissa Depper, an Arapahoe Library District librarian, chronicles their storytime modeling and messaging tactics in a phenomenally helpful article from Children & Libraries: A Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children.  A chart outlining sample activities and message pairs (including early literacy practices and skills) is a handy resource for anyone reflecting on their early literacy storytime methods.

If you are a Wisconsin resident, you can access "Now Hear This!" by Melissa Depper for FREE using Badgerlink.  While you are there, check out the other great articles and resources available through this state resource.

DEPPER, MELISSA. 2014. "Now Hear This!." Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children 12, no. 1: 16-18. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed May 5, 2014).