College of Education and Health Professions

Pre-K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas [Pre-K ELLA]

Pre - K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas

Preschool teachers are a primary resource in promoting literacy in their classrooms. Each day they have opportunities to engage children in meaningful language and literacy experiences.

Pre-K ELLA is designed to:

  • Advance teacher understanding of how three to five year old children develop language and literary skills and why it is important that children develop these skills.
  • Present tools and techniques teachers can use in their classrooms to help children develop language and literacy skills they will need to become proficient readers and writers.
  • Transfer Pre-K ELLA teacher training into children's everyday classroom experiences and activities.
  • Assist teachers in developing strategies for involving families and their children in language and literacy experiences at home.
  • Make language and literacy experiences enjoyable for teachers, children and their families.

What does the training offer teachers?

  • 30 hours of FREE specialized training
  • Provides training experiences that promote literacy skills for children ages three to five
  • FREE participant manual and other resources
  • Opportunity for professional development and interaction with other teachers of three to five year olds
  • A Certificate of Completion

Pre-K ELLA includes 16 Lessons:

  1. The Foundation for Language and Literacy Learning
  2. Creating Learning Environments That Are Literacy Rich
  3. Supportive Social and Emotional Environments
  4. The Role of Play in Promoting Language and Literacy
  5. Fostering Children's Emergent Literacy Development Through the Family
  6. Assessment Through Observation and Portfolios
  7. Language Development
  8. Phonological Awareness
  9. Mother Goose Rhymes, Fingerplays, Poetry and Songs
  10. Storytelling
  11. Dramatic Play and Creative Drama
  12. Read Aloud
  13. Shared Reading
  14. Learning About Letters, Sounds and Words
  15. Environmental Print
  16. Writing in the Preschool Classroom

For more information contact:

Jennifer Bowman
Training Advisor

This course is approved for Arkansas Department of Education professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit based on attendance at this course is solely at the discretion of the local school district.
Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development

To check for available classes and training opportunities visit Traveling Arkansas' Professional Pathways (TAPP).