The Missouri Reader Vol. 41, Issue 1 - Page 21


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Mary Hall is a second grade teacher at Logan-Rogersville Elementary School and is working her masters in Literacy at Missouri State University. Dr. Beth Hurst, Dr. Pamela Correll, and Dr. Kayla Lewis teach in the Graduate Literacy Program at Missouri State University.



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engage the early learners with disciplinary literacy by way of these unlimited learning experiences.

Because disciplinary literacy experience involves the ability to understand content knowledge with an emphasis on engaging with the content through reading, writing, and listening, teachers can suggest parents involve the young learner in types of science or social studies/historical events. Teachers could organize a Parent Partnership Literacy Night to provide tips and strategies to promote disciplinary literacy. For example, parents could take their child on a walk or a drive around the neighborhood to have that sense of the community and look for science, social studies, and math content concepts in the community. While walking or riding, authentic language can occur between the child and the parent when the child is learning about the relationships. A conversation could take place such as:

● Look for shapes, together. How many circles can we find? Tires on a car are shaped like a circle. They can roll.

● Count to 10, together. How many flowers can we see? Flowers have blossoms, stems, and roots. They need water to grow.

While completing everyday chores, discipline specific language can occur between the child and the parent.

Sort items by color or size (pots/pans, plastic bowls/lids, towels, socks, rocks) Can you find two red rocks? Why are the rocks red?

Discuss location of items (up/down, over/under, beside/between)

The doll is beside the desk (move the toy). The doll is between the chairs.

● Create patterns (use primary colors red, yellow, blue) craft sticks, dots, feathers, or pompoms

Can you make this pattern, one red pompom and one blue pompom? What color should I put next? How do I know?

Book Recommendations:

For the love of learning, we want our early learners to love reading and listening to books being read. How can teachers encourage parents to embrace disciplinary literacy by reading books with these early learners? The book selection is vital to the success of loving to read books. Parents can spend quality time with their children while reading them a book. There are so many books for parents to consider; though. One way to encourage parents to take on this charge is to provide book recommendations. Teachers can be very intentional to recommend books which support disciplinary literacy and the love of books. These opportunities will help children to make discoveries about the world around them. We know research supports the notion that little ones are more engaged with learning when they have a hands-on experience (Ball, 1994, p. 45). The titles of books included below promote very interactive and engaging language opportunities for parents and preschoolers. Suggesting books such as these will afford parents a starting point to engage their children in learning about the community around them in an authentic and curious way.

Alphabet City by Stephen E. Johnson allows children an opportunity to view letters of the alphabet throughout the city. Parents can be encouraged to ask their small one to find letters throughout their community.