Launching Young Readers: Toddling Toward Reading (DVD)
We once thought a child's education started in Kindergarten — but that could be years too late.
Hosted by Reba McEntire, Toddling Toward Reading examines what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers. In Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., we'll meet the dedicated parents, teachers, and researchers who are discovering how to give our children a good start on a great future. We'll also visit with children's book author and illustrator Sandra Boynton, whose playful works delight fans of all ages.
The program is divided into the following segments:
Bringing Up Baby: Parents are a child's first teachers and those early years are key to creating a strong foundation for later reading. The Reach Out and Read program works with pediatricians across the country to help parents and kids start off on the right foot.
Chicago Child-Parent Centers: Parker Child-Parent Center offers a two-pronged approach — a high-quality preschool for kids and research-based literacy training for parents. While the kids attend preschool classes down the hall, energetic teacher Carol Robinson trains parents so that they can help their children become better readers.
Inclusion: The Coralwood School in Decatur, Georgia, runs an inclusion model that mixes special needs students with typically developing students and provides many of its therapies in the classroom. One of their most excited students is five-year-old Avery, who has Down syndrome.
Sandra Boynton: Sandra Boynton is a bestselling children's book author and illustrator, but what inspired her to become a reader? What makes her books so appealing to kids of all ages?
Reading Maestros: Master teacher Dr. Rebecca Palacios runs a dual-language immersion preschool in Corpus Christi, Texas. While teaching her kids, she also mentors teachers-in-training on how to provide top-notch teaching in a preschool environment.
Toddling Toward Reading is the latest episode of Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers, WETA's award-winning series of innovative half-hour programs about how children learn to read, why so many struggle, and what we can do to help.
Available in DVD format.
Running time: 26 minutes