Bridging Children into Literacy: Creating Little Books
Online Professional Learning Session – This session was recorded and is available for repeat viewing until August 31, 2022.
Presented by: Lorna Ansems, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Emerita
Learn more about the Bridging Children into Literacy project (AKA Little Books) which took place in several PEI schools over the last few years. In this project, the Reading Recovery teacher leader and the literacy coach worked collaboratively to support the professional development of teachers working at the K-1 level. Teachers explored theory related to literacy learning and examined early level books. A plan was developed to get ‘readable texts’ into the hands of each and every child (especially those struggling readers). Rather than rely on published materials, teachers strategically created little reading books intended to support specific children in learning how to look at print. Teachers created little books for children, drawing on an understanding of literacy processing theory and each individual child’s ‘known’ and interests. The excitement of teachers and students was contagious and inspiring and motivated even the most reluctant of early readers to want to engage in reading these little books which were designed specifically for them in order to foster success.
Lorna Ansems – Lorna’s 32 year educational career has included teaching in three provinces, working with grades 1-8, and supporting struggling learners in resource/special education. My interest in literacy and my desire to help children with learning challenges have remained a constant across all of these settings. After returning to PEI in 2000, Lorna worked as a Special Education Consultant for a number of years, before taking on the role of Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for the Department of Education until her recent retirement.