The Nemours® Reading BrightStart! Complete Program for Early Literacy Success puts teachers on the cutting edge of early literacy best practices with an exciting new approach to building reading readiness skills in struggling learners. This unique program is specifically designed for teaching early literacy skills to small groups of at-risk four- and five-year-old children, but is an effective teaching tool for all children in that age range. This exciting program implements Response to Intervention… More »
Learning to read is one of the major milestones in a child's life, and it's one that parents worry about. This guide gives parents information on how to support their child on his or her reading journey. Now parents of children, aged three to five years old, have the power to ensure their child becomes a successful reader. Available in English and Spanish.
Encourage exploration and discovery with skill kits designed to support the brain-based principles of Learn Every Day™: The Pre-K Curriculum, 2nd Ed. The Learn Every Day™ program is recommended, but not required, to use these kits. Learn more about the research-based, year-round program that incorporates play into children's daily learning routines to enhance their growth and development. For professional development options, call 1-800-334-2014 ext. 3252 or request more information.
Encourage exploration, discovery and multi-sensory learning with kits designed to support the brain-based principles of Learn Every Day™: The Program for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, 2nd Ed. The Learn Every Day™ program is recommended, but not required, to use these kits. Learn more about the research-based, year-round program that incorporates play into children's daily learning routines to enhance their growth and development. For professional development options, call 1-800-334-2014… More »
This full-color illustrated poster addresses parents' and teachers' concerns about children's reading readiness and progress. Includes milestones and warning signs indicating that children might be at risk for reading challenges from birth through age six. By tracking children with this simple map, parents can be sure their children are keeping up with their peers, and intercede if they begin to notice warning signs. Available in English and Spanish. Set of 20 maps.
The strategies in this guide are based on stages of language learning and include ways to differentiate instruction, engage children in higher-level thinking, strengthen their use of newly learned language, and support their language progression and development.
The Nemours® Reading BrightStart! Complete Program for Early Literacy Success, Level 2 is an intensive and engaging supplemental curriculum specifically designed to teach foundational reading skills to beginning readers, especially those who are struggling with early literacy concepts. The Level 2 program guides beginning readers towards mastery of foundational reading skills without fear of failure. This exciting program implements Response to Intervention (RTI) in K-1 classrooms and is the… More »
Learning to read is one of the major milestones in a child's life, and it's one that parents worry about. This guide gives parents information on how to support their child on his or her reading journey. Now parents of children, aged three to five years old, have the power to ensure their child becomes a successful reader. Available in English and Spanish. Set of 20 guides.
In this session, participants deepen their knowledge of teaching the key components of literacy throughout the Connect4Learning lessons. Using the lessons in the unit guides, participants practice seven key aspects of literacy development and strengthen their teaching skills. We explore building literacy into every area of the classroom and throughout the daily routine. Participants discover how literacy is woven throughout all aspects of the Connect4Learning curriculum. We look at Connect4Learning… More »
This session explores the social and behavioral classroom expectations of Connect4Learning that support children?s emotional development. We discuss how the expectations work in the classroom and how they translate to other in-school settings, such as the playground, hallways, and gym, as well as out-of-school settings such as the park, home, and virtual learning. The Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence provides guidance for educators on the use of research-based instructional… More »
Universal design is the idea that, when we create environments to meet the needs of a few, many people benefit. For example, curb cuts on sidewalks were created for those in wheelchairs but are used by people with strollers, on bikes?everyone, really. The same can be true for your classroom. In this session, we provide strategies to create a classroom environment that supports the goals children are working toward and systems that support individual needs. We present strategies for implementing… More »
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET What are formative and summative assessments in Connect4Learning? How can we use them to benefit teachers and each child? In this session, we explore the variety of summative and formative assessments that early childhood educators can use in authentic contexts throughout the day. This session supports classroom teachers in their understanding and use of both assessment and observational data to shape children?s learning and nurture development. It empowers teachers to understand… More »
This session provides ideas and recommendations for implementing culturally responsive pedagogy with Connect4Learning. We focus on eight main points to support a culturally responsive approach to teaching and learning in the classroom. We reflect on personal cultural experiences and practice identifying bias. We learn how schools can develop a cultural-responsiveness committee and systems of support for students and families. We explore social and emotional learning through a cultural-responsiveness… More »
In this session, participants delve into teaching literacy with the Connect4Learning curriculum. We explore strategies for teaching interactive and scaffolded writing to differentiate instruction. We co-create ways to embed literacy throughout the classroom and discover ways to engage children in all areas of literacy development. We learn more about enhancing our read-alouds with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary. We cover the research for effective instruction in letter-sound knowledge,… More »
How can we ensure that all children are engaged throughout the preschool day?neither frustrated because work is too hard nor bored because work is too easy? In this follow-up to the Adaptations I session, we introduce two case studies to use as we practice individualizing instruction for particular children. We brainstorm together to identify opportunities throughout the day for providing individualized instruction, as aligned with DEC recommended practices. We learn how to use data to make instructional… More »
A child?s first and most important teachers are their family. Positive partnerships with families provide opportunities for more effective communication and support of classroom activities. Engaged families are more willing to participate in projects and volunteer to help prepare materials and work with small groups. Every child has potential tutors in their family. How do we identify each family?s strengths? In this session, we discuss Connect4Learning school-to-home letters and academically related… More »
Finally! A session for the love of math. In this session, we discuss why is it important to help young children develop greater competence and confidence in mathematics and, yes, even a love of mathematical thinking. We illustrate how meaningful mathematics are integrated across domains and throughout Connect4Learning?s daily activities, including centers, small groups, and read-aloud. We emphasize the importance of discussing specific definitions of shapes and of giving children opportunities to… More »
Connect4Learning emphasizes connections among children's learning and the content domains through units and lessons that are often centered around science concepts. In every unit, Connect4Learning emphasizes inquiry and exploration through hands-on, collaborative science-learning experiences. This session highlights the role of the early childhood educator, who acts as both guide and facilitator in planning, implementing, and assessing science learning. We explore ways to encourage children to think… More »