Fontana Regional Library serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties with six public libraries in Western North Carolina
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Fontana Regional Library is developing a series of FREE e-learning courses to help teach early literacy skills to preschool children. In the first course (see below), we teach how to share a book with a child. This is one of the building blocks for a child to begin to understand what they are reading and develop comprehension.
This course has been approved and accredited by DHHS-Division of Child Development, in Raleigh, NC. Accreditation means that we can offer one Contact Hour Credit (CHC) to early childcare givers who successfully complete the course.
An online course allows anyone with access to a computer and Internet to take advantage of the training from their own home or office at a convenient time and pace. Fontana Regional Libraries offer 57 free public computers with high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi throughout the libraries for those who have their own laptop
We are working on the design for the next course in the series: Print Awareness. This will help preschool children begin to become comfortable handling books, and teach them the individual parts of the book.
Tell Me What Happened In the Story:
Developing Narrative Skills In Preschoolers
This course is designed for childcare givers, early childhood educators and others who would like to learn how to share a book with preschool-aged children, using "hear and say" reading, creating a conversation about the pictures and story in a way that actively involves the child in the reading and understanding of the story.
Why learn how to share a book with "hear and say" reading?
• Helps a child to be able to recall the details, characters or events within a story.
• Adds knowledge of new words through description of the pictures found in books.
• Encourages a child to understand the meaning of the story.
• Builds ability to think critically about a story, a skill needed when a child learns to read on his own.
• This course will help your child develop this skill NOW as a preschooler.
There is no prerequisite for taking this course.
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