Building Blocks: Shared Book Reading


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Reading with children provides valuable opportunities for enriching vocabulary, comprehension, and conversation. Viewers will learn strategies for maximizing these foundational skills through shared book reading. They will also find out how to increase children's understanding of concepts of print, how books work, and the wonders of letters and words on a page. Activities from the online BUILDING BLOCKS program that can help prepare children to become motivated, equipped, and successful readers will be demonstrated.

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  • Still image: Introduction of Blanche
  • Still image: What is Building Blocks?
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  • Still image: Introduction of Website, Mention “Registration” to indicate how to begin
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  • Early Care and Education Providers tab: Shared Book Reading 3:18, You Try Text Talk
  • Early Care and Education Providers tab: Shared Book Reading 3:14, Text Talk How to Choose Vocabulary Words
  • Early Care and Education Providers tab: Shared Book Reading 3:16, Text Talk, Tier Two Words. The selections for Tier Two words will NOT appear. You must talk through them.
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  • Family Forum tab: Shared Book Reading 1:16, A $50 Word Video
  • Early Care and Education Providers tab: Shared Book Reading 3:21, PEER Sequence
  • Early Care and Education Providers tab: Shared Book Reading 3:23, CROWD Sequence
  • Family Forum tab: Phonological Awareness 2:6, Duck in a Truck Video
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  • Family Forum tab: Shared Book Reading 1:13, Kitten’s First Full Moon Video
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  • Building Blocks: Shared Book Reading

    1. 1. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®Webinar SeriesMarch 29, April 23, May 3, and May 17, 2012 View the prerecorded Shared Book Reading webinar at
    2. 2. Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP President, Stern Center for Language and Learning Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology University of Vermont College of Medicine Brenda Buzzell, M.Ed. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®Instructor and Program Coordinator
    3. 3. Shared Book Reading emphasizing Vocabulary Speech to PrintPhonological Connection Awareness including Alphabet Knowledge A research-based and research-proven professional learning program for early care and education providers
    4. 4. Effective Instruction for Preschool ChildrenBuilds skillswithin developmentallyappropriate fun-filledEngaging activities
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    6. 6. Meets National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for Physical and Intellectual Development Counts towards NAEYC and NAFCC accreditations Aligns with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning FrameworkBUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® certificate for 12 hours of Professional Learning is available for $50.
    7. 7. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® Supporting Early Childhood Education through Professional Development Free & Online For  Early care and education providers  Parents Videos  Teaching Examples  Interactive Format www.buildingblocksforliteracy.orgDeveloped by Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D., Nancy Clements, M.A., CCC-SLP, Brenda Buzzell, M.Ed., and Marilyn Varrichio, M.Ed.
    8. 8. Welcome to SHARED BOOK READING WEBINAR 2 April 23, 2012 1:00 ESTThanks to generous grant support.
    9. 9. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY® Shared book reading is: Reading books Talking about books   Interacting with books Children learn how to use books Front and back Left to right Top to bottomChildren learn that printed words are symbols for spoken words!
    10. 10. Reading to young children wasfound to have a moderateimpact on oral language andprint awareness…National Early Literacy Panel, 2007 …but it did not have a significant influence on phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, concepts about print or readiness. National Early Literacy Panel, 2007 These concepts need to be taught!
    11. 11. Shared Book Reading may look like: Reading with a friendA small or large group big book story time Singing a song from a song chart Sharing a morning message Shared Book Reading also may be called: Read Alouds Dialogic Reading Interactive Book Reading
    12. 12. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LITERACY®Shared Book Reading is more than Book ReadingBook Reading versus Shared Book ReadingThe adult reads The child assiststhe book to the child. in telling the story.The adult is the center The child and the adult sharein the process. the reading process. (Kadlic, M., & Lesiak, M. (2003)
    13. 13. Reading With PreschoolersRemember Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development ZPD while talking about books with preschoolers. Use “Wh” questions to assist in their development: What Where Who When Why Follow the children’s interests, which will vary widely from child to child. Expect slightly more of each child each time you read the book. Keep the interaction light and fun, not a test of what the child has learned. Adapted from Burns, M., & Griffin, P., & Snow, C., Eds. (1999). Starting Out Right.
    14. 14.  Shared Book Reading Shared is the soil Book from which language blossoms! Reading
    15. 15. Shared Book Reading Strategies Text Talk, PEER, CROWD, 3SBuilding Vocabulary, Comprehension, Conversation
    16. 16. “When readers or listeners understand less than 90% of the words in text, they are likely to lose the meaning of that text.” (Beimiller, 2000)MOREOVER, to comprehend, a student must know the meanings of 90 to 95 percent of the words being read.(Lyon, 2009)“Listening and speaking competence is in advance of reading and writing competence.” (Beck et al., 2002)
    17. 17. SOURCE: Meaningful Differences by Hart and Risley 32 Million Word Difference!
    18. 18. Website Course Animated Module on Text Talk
    19. 19. Website Course Text Talk Tiered Vocabulary
    20. 20. Website Course Participant Activity:Selecting Tiered Vocabulary
    21. 21. Tiered Vocabulary Activity Sample
    22. 22. Website Family Forum Video: A $50 Word
    23. 23. Website Course Animated Module The PEER sequence:a strategy for building comprehension during shared book reading
    24. 24. Website Course Animated Module The CROWD sequence:a strategy for building vocabulary and comprehension during shared book reading
    25. 25. Website Family Forum Video: Duck in a Truck
    26. 26. The 3S Strategy for building comprehension and conversation S SeeLook at a specific feature of the book. S Show“Show” an object or word on a page. S Say“Say” a word or answer a question.
    27. 27. Website Family ForumVideo Illustrating 3S: Kitten’s First Full Moon
    28. 28. Shared Book ReadingIncreases vocabulary Builds comprehension Develops conversation
    29. 29. Thank you for joining us! View the prerecorded Shared Book Reading webinar at Please