Creating Neural Pathways for Literacy


Creating Neural Pathways

for Literacy

2.5 hours

Note: This class is still pending approval in North Carolina.

Reading is not a natural process, and some children struggle more than others. The field of neuroscience has used brain imaging to help us understand what happens as children learn to read, and this information can help teachers better prepare children for later reading success. In this class, we will explore how to activate the necessary region of the brain that is required for reading and review the types of practices that are beneficial to children. Specifically, you’ll explore how the neural pathways for reading are constructed, the role of phonics and handwriting in reading instruction, why neuroscience supports phonics over whole language, the role of vocabulary in reading, and practical strategies for the preschool classroom that support these research findings.

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In this course, we will cover the following topics:

  • Importance of Spoken Language to Literacy
  • Brain Process During Reading
  • The Letterbox – What is it? How is it formed?
  • Activating the Letterbox and Cracking the Code
  • Strategies for Enhancing Vocabulary
  • Strategies for Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Alphabet Knowledge

Approved in OH, KY, HI, IN & MI. Pending Approval in NC.