Returning eCourse: Teaching early literacy skills to babies

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/07/2015

Contact:

Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

esteiner@ala.org

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs. Kathy Kirchoefer will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on June 8, 2015.

In those moments when a baby relaxes and cuddles in your lap as you read them a book, a wonderful thing is happening—that baby is learning that books contain words, pictures and stories which are captivating. You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies before they can even speak!
 
Whether you’re preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, this eCourse is packed with practical tips that will make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for babies and their caregivers.

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • understand the benefits of baby programming for your audience;
  • be aware of the many different types and styles of programs for babies;
  • know how to plan a baby program from start to finish, including how to select the best books and music for baby programs;
  • know where to find resources to enhance your programs;
  • have practical strategies for dealing with the noise, the smell, and an uncooperative audience;
  • know the basics about baby brain research and early literacy skills.

eCourse outline

  • Introduction
  • The Who, What, When and Where of Baby Programs
  • All About Babies (A Primer on Baby Development)
  • The Grown-Ups in the Room
  • Baby Program Components Overview: A Session in Action
  • Beyond Storytime:  Other Baby Program Ideas
  • Rhyming Time:  Why Mother Goose?
  • Beyond Rhyming Time:  Songs, Books, Action Rhymes
  • Early Literacy:  A Quick Overview
  • Baby Programming Nitty Gritty: Resources and Other Tools

About the Instructor

Kathy Kirchoefer has over 10 years of experience shaking the "sillies" out of librarians at trainings and inspiring others to develop programs for babies and the grown-ups who love them.   She started leading baby storytimes in 1998 and continues to introduce babies to the wonders of books, and their caregivers to all the bouncing, tickling and cuddling that goes along with it. She is currently head of the Children's Department at the Henderson County Public Library in western North Carolina.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on June 8, 2015, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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