Researchers at the University of Washington Information School have conducted a study called Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully 2 (VIEWS2). It is the first study which demonstrates that “Storytimes can provide many opportunities to help children develop early literacy skills.”
This seems obvious, right? Isn’t that the whole purpose of story time? While it may seem readily apparent that the goal of story time is to increase children’s early literacy skills, it is important to remember that there are key concepts that we can address during story time to increase understanding of these ideas.
The VIEWS2 study resulted in resources demonstrating how to incorporate eight early literacy concepts into your story times. The concepts include:
- Alphabetic Knowledge
- Language Use
- Phonological Awareness
- Print Concepts
- Writing Concepts
Each resource page includes a definition of the concept and a brief video (under 3 minutes), along with a concept tool and a tip sheet.
What are your favorite ways to incorporate early literacy skills into story time? Share your suggestions in the comments!