Podcast 46 – Helping Educate Emergent Readers with 12 Principles

“Effective literacy programs foster active, responsible learning.” –Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy, p. 3

Approaching reading and understanding not only what is being learned (individual strands), but the value of using the edges and integrating with other forms of knowledge and expression creates a holistic masterpiece. Just think, if children can start to see how their learning comes together to create a masterpiece, what sort of masterpieces will they create and share with the world in their lifetime?

So, what does bread-making have to do with emergent readers? Just as there are patterns in nature, math, or history, there are individual strands (details) in reading development that can be artistically arranged (patterns) and then put together (edges touch) and are become solidified (integrated) into one loaf when baked in the oven (small and slow solutions).

Did you know that approaching reading with this mindset you are also engaged with very complex math and beautiful art concepts at the same time? Check out this great article on Ethnobraiding with Bread for more details. Or, this video by Vi Hart that elaborates on the idea of patterns in braiding, but now as an object that exists in both space and time with music!

In the show today I cover:

  • Strands in the literacy braid
  • Difference between an emergent reader and a beginning reader
  • How to approach helping emergent readers with the 12 principles
  • Types of reading that can be thought of as different ways to braid
  • Get creative

Additional Resources:

Book – Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy, by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell (Great book for helping educators understand the strands and ways to address reading and writing development. Word of caution, this is a book written with a traditional segregated approach to the school day and grade level expectations, but the authors do promote a basic level of integration of literacy into other subject areas. This is a start, but I would argue that taking the principle of integrate rather than segregate even further would make the knowledge one will gain in this book even more effective and lasting for our children.)

Words Their Way by Donald R. Bear, Marcia A. Invernizzi, Shane R. Templeton, Francine R. Johnston

What is Emergent Literacy? article by Early Childhood News

Critical Issue: Addressing the Literacy Needs of Emergent and Early Readers article by NCREL

How to Braid: 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9-Strands in the Bread video




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