Child and Family Services
Early Literacy and Numerical Thinking
This course explores literacy and numerical thinking in early childhood. An emphasis will be placed on constructivist and sociolinguistic views of learning. Experiential exercises and reading will provide students with opportunities to plan developmentally appropriate learning activities, to record observations of children and to generate developmental analyses that support literacy and numerical thinking development.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Summarize the developmental nature of literacy and numerical thinking in young children.
- Appraise the value of classroom organization to promote literacy instruction.
- Assess how children use mathematical concepts during their daily activities through naturalistic, informal, and structured experiences.
- Construct developmentally appropriate literacy activities for young children.
- Construct developmentally appropriate numerical thinking activities for young children.
- Specify how to involve children’s families and the community in literacy and math development.
- Incorporate literacy and math concepts to practical classroom teaching of young children.
- Contrast constructivist and sociolinguistic views of learning.
- Verify the Child Protection Laws as related to mandated reporters.
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