Culture & Language

Planned Language Approach: The Big 5 Series

This webinar series provides strategies for implementing the Planned Language Approach's (PLA) Big 5 for ALL. The PLA is a comprehensive, systemic, research-based way for Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs to ensure optimal language and literacy services for children who speak English and who are dual language learners (DLLs). Children need high-quality experiences in each of the Big 5: Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing; Background Knowledge; Book Knowledge and Print Concepts; Oral Language and Vocabulary; and Phonological Awareness. Review the development trajectory for these skills in children ages birth to age 5. Program leaders, education staff, and coaches can also watch the webinars for connections between the PLA and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF).


Focus on Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing

Focus on Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing

As children develop alphabet knowledge, they learn to recognize and name upper and lowercase letters. They also discover that there are sounds associated with each letter. Children's early writing progresses from making marks and scribbling to drawing and eventually to forming letters. Learn how to scaffold Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing, key elements of early language and literacy. Explore the research about alphabet knowledge and early writing, and how children birth to 5 develop these skills. Identify strategies to support children who are dual language learners and effective practices for supporting each skill in different early learning settings. Hear about the connections to the Planned Language Approach, coordinated approaches, and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

Last Updated: April 10, 2019