Inspire a lasting love of reading.

It’s never too early to nurture children’s development of language and literacy skills, which are critical to their success, in school and in life.

When children are exposed to different genres of books, hear the adults that care about them share stories, and have the opportunity to explore books alone or with peers, it helps them to listen to and understand language and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings, even at a very young age.

 

“Children who lack a strong foundation of language awareness and literacy skills early in life are more likely to fall behind in school, and likely to drop out.”

→ Reading to Young Children: Indicators on Children and Youth Child Trends Data Bank

But when teachers plan meaningful ways for children to use language and literacy in ways that provide opportunities for them to get excited about what they are hearing and learning, they will be inspired to become readers and writers. Through exposure to rich and robust classroom libraries, interactive read-aloud experiences, and opportunities to explore a variety of texts, children are motivated to learn to read and later, read to learn.

Together, we can introduce children to the power and pleasure of literacy.

Learn tips, guidance, and strategies for supporting language and literacy development through our new video series.

Teaching Strategies is committed to empowering and inspiring early childhood educators as they encourage a love of literacy in young children. Each of these short videos highlights a different strategy for fostering language and literacy skills in the classroom.

 


Capturing children’s interest before you read


Introducing vocabulary in a
read-aloud


Sharing the See-Show-Say strategy with families


Children’s favorite books


Read-aloud routines


Reading in small groups


Supporting children who are learning two languages


Reading with infants and toddlers

Tune into our webinar series on effective read-alouds.

Join us for an engaging webinar series that explores strategies for creating rich and effective read-aloud experiences in the classroom. Our series Encourage a Love of Reading will take place on:
 

October 30, 2018
Read It Once, Read It Twice,
Read It Once Again

Join us as we explore how repeated, interactive read-alouds not only promote listening skills, comprehension, and critical thinking, but also present opportunities to guide and support preschool and kindergarten children’s social–emotional development.

 

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November 27, 2018
Moving Beyond the Storybook:
Making Informational and Nonfiction Texts Meaningful for Young Children

Join us as we examine ways to meaningfully integrate these texts into the classroom environment and weave them throughout the daily experiences that take place in the preschool and kindergarten classroom.


 

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December 17, 2018
Language, Literacy, Lounging,
and Laughing: Rethinking the Library

Gain insights into designing a welcoming space, making the most of your materials, and interacting with children in ways that support vocabulary, knowledge of print, phonological awareness, and a lifelong passion for reading as a source
of enjoyment.

 

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Download FREE Language & Literacy Mighty Minutes®!

Turn every minute of the day into a learning opportunity through this engaging collection of interactive songs, rhymes, and games. These brief learning activities can be used anytime, anywhere, to keep children engaged and support language and literacy skills during routines and experiences.

Get your free digital selection of Mighty Minutes® today!

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What does the research say?

Teaching Strategies' comprehensive language and literacy solutions are based on extensive research, theory, and best practice on how to support the development of these critical skills with young children:

    • Children develop literacy skills and an awareness of language long before they are able to read.
      (Burns, M.S., Griffin, P., & Snow, C.)

    • Children who have never experienced the pleasure of literacy are likely to be unenthusiastic about learning to read and write.
      (Snow, Barnes, Chandler, Goodman, & Hemphill)

    • Reading to children at school or at home leads them to associate reading with pleasure and provides them with models of reading.
      (Morrow)

    • Literacy-enriched play centers increase, often dramatically, the amount of literacy-related activities in which children engage during play.
      (Neuman & Roskos, 1990; Vukelich, 1990; Noble & Foster)

    • Appropriately supportive and inviting classroom literacy settings engage children as readers and motivate them to use prior knowledge, employ cognitive strategies, and interact socially as members of the literate community.
      (Baker, Afflerbach, & Reinking)

Positive impact of The Creative Curriculum®

An independent, two-year impact study found evidence that The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is effective in helping children achieve positive outcomes. Specifically, in just two years, The Creative Curriculum® had a greater impact on children’s literacy and math outcomes than other comprehensive curriculum systems. Additionally, teachers who used The Creative Curriculum® for two years were able to increase their effectiveness, as evidenced by positive payoffs in terms of increased student learning during the second year.

 
Download the full study

Foster a lifelong love of reading by adding one of our brand-new book bundles to your classroom library!

Building a classroom library that includes a variety of genres and types of literature helps to inspire language and literacy development and a love of reading in young children. An effective library area helps children develop the motivation and skills necessary to eventually become readers and writers themselves. Our exclusive book bundles are available for every classroom, whether you’re caring for infants or teaching preschoolers or kindergarteners – and are designed to support language and literacy development in your classroom all year long.
 
Available bundles include:

Beloved Fairytales - $49.99
This 8 book collection includes:

Anansi and His Children
The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Henny Penny
The Little Red Hen
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Three Little Pigs

Best of Nonfiction for Kindergarten - $89.99
This 10 book collection includes 5 teacher and 5 easy-reader versions of the following titles:

What Should We Build?
Who Works at the Grocery Store
Can You Feel the Rhythm?
What Can a Seed Make?
What’s Your Sport?

Highlights Hello - $189.95
This collection includes:

12 Classroom issues of Highlights Hello
12 Family issues of Highlights Hello
12 corresponding Book Conversation Cards

Best of Nonfiction for Preschool - $99.99
This 11 book collection includes:

Sand Dwellers from the Desert to the Sea
Tubes and Tunnels Through and Through
Signs of All Kinds
Insect Quest: Hide and Seek
My Neighbors and Their Simple Machines
The Business of Boxes
Exercise: Let’s Move and Play
Making Music with Instrument Families
Baking Bread With Grandma
The Pets We Love
Discovering Roads

Meaningfully integrating non-fiction texts into every classroom library has particular importance: good non-fiction helps build vocabulary, fosters critical thinking and information-gathering skills, and helps to make that real-world connection that children need in order to grow and learn.

Big Books - $69.99
This 4 book collection includes:

Come Cook with Me
Neighborhood Song
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Trees Count

To purchase a book bundle, contact us today!

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