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Singing, the Science of Reading and Cultural Connections: A Conversation with Musicians/Educators Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with award-winning, internationally-touring family musicians and teaching artists Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet for a variety of bilingual music-based library programs focused on supporting early literacy skills and exploring a joyous blend of traditional and original songs and new interpretations of folktales in English and Spanish. Our conversation in this blog post discusses the intersections of singing, the science of reading, and the cultural connections that come from sharing songs and stories. 

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Unveiling the Science of Reading: Empowering ESL Students through Wordless Books

Over the next few months, the Early and Family Literacy Committee will write about one of the ECRR early literacy practices and discuss the science of reading research that supports the development of that practice and the skills it engenders. Today’s practice is reading! Since the topic is so broad, we are focusing on how wordless books support ESL students. We also include a reminder that many of the strategies that work for ESL students also support young children acquiring foundational language skills along with some tips on how you can use them in library programming.

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Every Child Ready to Read and the Science of Reading

The “Science of Reading,” a phonics based approach to teaching reading based on cognitive science has become the latest buzzword in literacy instruction. The “Science of Reading” refers to over 50 years of interdisciplinary research supporting what works best in reading instruction. It’s most helpful in assessing how children learn to read and write, why some have difficulty, and how to intervene. The theories, studies, and frameworks within the SOR can provide a basis for reading instruction, but it is not a curriculum or a reading program. As the name suggests, it is science and it will evolve as research unfolds.

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A COVID Programming Reflection

In my career, I have worn many hats and have been in my current position as an outreach librarian for the last nine years.  My job, which had consisted of being in outreach locations, connecting with children at school sites and daycares, participating in community events, and hosting library events to bring the public into the library, changed abruptly in March 2020 to being restricted to my library and in-person programming ceasing. Nothing could have prepared me for the changes and challenges that I and the field of librarianship would face during the COVID pandemic. A new approach, an outside-the-box approach, was needed to fulfill the needs of our patrons and their children. 

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So Much Early Lit Research, So Little Time

Writing a grant to fund a playspace at your library? Want to share research-based early tips with parents? Making a presentation to your library board about the importance of early literacy programs? The Early and Family Literacy Committee will soon be releasing a Toolkit to help you! Inside you’ll find oodles of studies (full text if available) that justify the vital work you do every day! But first, we need your help with a few key questions… 

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What Does It Mean To Foster Early Writing?

A library colleague and mother of a preschooler, recently remarked that she feels confident about how to promote her son’s early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, and playing. Despite being familiar with ECRR2, however, she is unsure exactly how to nurture emergent writing. If my colleague, who is embedded in the public library world, is unsure about what it looks like to support early writing, she is likely not alone. Are we doing all we can to effectively convey and model what it means to foster early writing and why it’s so important?

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Play and Literacy Programming for Preschoolers

Turning Research into Practice – Connecting Play and Literacy There’s plenty of information available about the importance of play in child development. Unfortunately, the perception persists for a caregiver to see a child stacking a pile of blocks and say, “oh, they’re just playing”. Librarians have an important role in bridging the research/practice gap with programs which empower parents to recognize and engage with their children during these important learning moments connecting play and literacy.