Planned Language Approach (PLA): Big 5 for ALL

Young children who are dual language learners (DLLs) and those who speak English all require high-quality experiences in Background Knowledge; Oral Language and Vocabulary; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; and Phonological Awareness.

Planned Language Approach: Background Knowledge

Discover how young children’s background knowledge is key to learning as well as ways parents and families can support it. Learn how background knowledge develops through the eyes of kindergartener, “Joan.”

Planned Language Approach: Phonological Awareness

In this summary, find  an introduction to phonological awareness—a key element of early language and literacy development. Learn about research, the developmental progression, and examples of effective practices.