Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date

12-2010

Department

Special And Early Childhood Education

Major Advisor

Keith Allred

Abstract

Early childhood educators are on the frontline of developing emergent literacy skills in their students. Research is abundant and clear about the importance of exposure to and experience with literacy activities for young children (Joint Position Statement- International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2005). However, students arrive in the classroom with varying skills and backgrounds relative to literacy, and many students are in a position to be considered at-risk of school failure. Teaching this population of students can be a challenge. This Alphabetic Knowledge Activities handbook was created to be a resource for educators to better meet the needs of all young students, yet targets those students who may be at-risk and in need of more support. The activities are intended to be used as a school-to-home program, to ensure that educators are collaborating with families as a teaching team. The activities, combined with a comprehensive literature review of research about at-risk children and the benefits of school-to-home collaborations, are meant to be used as a tool for all early childhood educators working with 3-5 year olds.