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Thinking and Talking about Books in Preschool

Susan Adamson and Libby Duggan

May 4th
at Butler University, South Campus, Room 136


9:00 am-12:00 pm



Read-alouds matter. We know this not just from research but also from paying attention to the profound impact reading has on children’s language development, their imaginations and views of the world, and their capacity for problem-solving. The sonner we provide opportunities for children to engage in meaningful reading, the better.

In this workshop, teachers will come to understand the importance of thinking and talking about books everyday through strategic read-alouds. We’ll explore ways to talk about the books we read—what to say, when, and how—to support children’s development as readers and nurture a love for books.

Participating teachers will:

– Consider theoretical beliefs that make inquiry-based, child-centered teaching of reading possible

– Choose multicultural, high-quality children’s literature

– Identify children’s pre-conventional reading knowledge and scaffold teaching to support literacy learning

– Know strategies for supporting learners in thinking and talking about books

– Share the benefits of reading aloud, and strategies for reading-focused read-alouds, with families

– Develop children’s identities as readers

Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.  

– Marilyn Adams (Beginning to Read)

Notes: This workshop is located inside the new College of Education facility, the Main Building on the University’s South Campus, a space shared with Christian Theological Seminary at 1000 W. 42nd Street. SEE CAMPUS MAP.

This workshop is also offered on May 9, 6-9 pm.

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