A well-designed preschool program can teach children the early language and literacy skills that pave the way for long-term academic success. In order to give children a strong start in understanding the relationships between letters and sounds, teachers should provide explicit instruction in phonological awareness and integrate opportunities for practice into daily activities. Additionally, teachers support oral language and vocabulary development by using interactive and dialogic reading practices to engage students in thinking and talking about stories.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the intervention reports on phonological awareness, phonological awareness with letter knowledge training,  shared book readinginteractive shared book reading, and dialogic reading.

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Providing Phonological Awareness Instruction

Providing Phonological Awareness Instruction

Dr. Landry describes the developmental continuum of phonological awareness and why it is important to address skills at the highest level of the continuum, including linking letters and sounds.  

Expert Interview
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06/06/2014
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Teaching Phonological Awareness in Preschool

Teaching Phonological Awareness in Preschool

This overview describes phonological awareness and its importance. It emphasizes planning instruction along a sequential developmental continuum of skills, scaffolding instruction, and providing...

Overview
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06/06/2014
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Preschool Language and Literacy Planning Template #3

Regional Comprehensive Center staff and others who work directly with state education agencies will find strategies in the planning template to facilitate conversations with state staff about...

Planning Template
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06/06/2014
1583 views

Preschool Language and Literacy Planning Template #2

State-level staff who work directly with local education agencies (districts) and communities will find ideas for incorporating these research-based practices into practical policies and activities...

Planning Template
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06/06/2014
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Preschool Language and Literacy Planning Template #1

District and community staff who work with school administrators and preschool staff can use the template to work through a comprehensive set of options that can be implemented at the school or...

Planning Template
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06/06/2014
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Preschool Language and Literacy

Preschool Language and Literacy

Watch this short overview to learn about the importance of preschool education to a child's long-term success. The overview explains how to use two research-based practices to improve instruction...

Overview
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06/06/2014
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Visual Diagram: Preschool Language and Literacy

Visual Diagram: Preschool Language and Literacy

This visual diagram illustrates the "big picture" of the practices and can be used to engage preschool teachers in discussion about their instruction. Use the left side to discuss the continuum of...

Visual Diagram
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06/06/2014
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