What is effective language development instruction?

Language development is a fundamental component of early childhood instruction. It is one of

three predictors of reading success, (the other two being letter knowledge and phonological

awareness). There are 26 Pre-k Guidelines that focus on the domain of language development.

That’s more guidelines than we have for letter knowledge, writing, phonological awareness, and

concepts of print combined, and more than there are for all areas of math! Yet the time that we

spend on language development in our classrooms does not always reflect its importance.

Rather than being thoughtfully planned, instruction in the area of language development is

sometimes random and spontaneous.

Research shows that in order for language instruction to be effective, it must be:

1. Intentional– The teacher plans experiences and lessons specifically to support language

2. Meaningful- Target vocabulary relates to themes that reflect students’ interests and

3. Rich with Opportunities for Practice– Students have multiple opportunities to

practice new words over time.

Teachers can support language development all day long –during centers, small groups, read

alouds, and in each interaction with a student.

How do you support language development in your classroom?

Interested in More Science Activities?


Are you a PreK-2 Teacher who would like to add more science ideas to your teacher toolbox?

Mini-CAST has just what you’re looking for!

Join us for the Central Texas mini-CAST— a one-day conference FOR Science Teachers BY Science Teachers!

The day will be packed with sessions and options for
science teachers of all grade levels and disciplines to learn
practical information. You’ll discover lots of ideas to try
out in your own classroom.

And… we have PreK-2 sessions scheduled at every time slot
during the day!

Register through Region 13’s eCampus:

2016 Central Texas mini-CAST
(Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching)
1/30/2016                                  8:30-4:00

Questions? Contact liz.gaestel@esc13.txed.net

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Supporting your Young English Language Learner

As a former Pre-K teacher I often struggled with meeting the needs of my English Language Learners (ELLs), mainly because I didn’t completely understand the resources provided to me. Over time, I came to the realization that while the curriculum and lesson planning  provided offered guidance on what to teach and when to teach it, it very rarely offered practical methods for how to teach it.  More specifically, I wanted to teach in a way that allowed me to maximize instructional time that met the needs of my students’ oral language development as well as provide relevant and purposeful learning opportunities that would support and foster my students’ English language development.

Are you feeling like I once was? Confused, stuck and looking for additional ideas and strategies that would help support the young learner into becoming more biliterate, bilingual and bicultural?

Then we have a workshop just for you!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Teaching the young ELL learner in PK/K: Strategies for Success (SP1632270)

Hurry! Seats are filling fast. Registration ends on 1/08/2016 at 8:30 am.