Welcome to the Introduction to Module 1!
In the Learning Ladder, when we use the word "tutor" we mean your teacher. When we use the term family child care provider, we mean someone who is licensed to care for children in their homes. In Massachusetts, a family child care provider is licensed to care for up to 6 children in their homes. Most providers care for a group of children of mixed ages.
In Module 1: Supporting Children's Literacy, you will learn how to use children's books and other materials to help improve children's listening, speaking, reading and writing.
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Terms from the Field
Below are words and definitions that you may need when you work as a Family Child Care Provider. You will learn more about these words later in the module.
When you see the speaker after each of the definitions you can hear the pronunciation of the term and what it means.
emergent literacy - Emergent literacy means the things children are able to do before they actually learn to read and write. An example of emergent literacy in children is learning how to hold a pen.
language skills - Language skills are the abilities we use to communicate by writing, speaking, listening, and reading. An example is the ability to write a letter so that people will read and understand it.
character - A character is a person who plays a part in a story. For example, the main character is the most important character in a story.
print-rich environment - A print-rich environment is a place that is full of different kinds of writing. For example, it may have a lot of books, posters on the wall, and signs on objects.
upper-case letters - Upper-case letters are capital letters. For example, CAT instead of cat.
props - Props are objects that children can use to help them imagine a real-life situation. For example, children can use plastic plates and towels to pretend to wash dishes.
writing tools - Writing tools can be anything people use to write with. Children sometimes use crayons for a writing tool instead of a pen or pencil.
writing surfaces - Writing surfaces can be anything people use to write on. Examples of writing surfaces are paper, blackboards, or envelopes.
If you find other words that you don't understand, you can do two things :