Kt Paxton was a wonderful teacher! She always had a reply to my discussion board post by the next day, which was impressive. She also was very quick to answer any question I had about the course or if I was unclear on an assignment. I would like to take another class that she teaches.
Wonderful course. I am already a teacher, so this course validated some of the things I already knew and updated me on some new information. I felt the lessons proved to be interesting and I liked how the instructor used frequent examples and stories, instead of just feeding us straight information
This course was thorough and up-to-date and addressed many of the issues I, as an English teacher, face with my middle and high school grades' struggling students. Since I began taking the course, I have been noticing some of the struggles that my readers face and I feel that I am better able to boost them over the hurdle they encounter. I have recommended this course to others.
This was my first online course and I really enjoyed it. The instructor was very prompt and helpful in discussions, which helped make a personal connection. The content was very relevant to me personally and I would definitely take an online course again.
Kt was an exceptional teacher. This course was interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of the quizzes. The final exam was right on target, it covered everything that I learned in this course. Every thing was done well. I would definitely take another class from Kt.
This was one of the best classes I have taken. I can't believe how much I learned, I was able to use the information right away. Thank you for this course!
I found this to be the best ed2go class that I've taken. It required critical thinking on my part, rather than just parroting what was said in the actual lesson. In addition, the links provided at the end of each lesson were up to date and useful. I appreciated that the teacher did not try to sound like she was speaking to us and expect rhetorical answers. Great class!
The course is great! The instructor was helpful and her tone was encouraging. The content was well-sequenced and provided excellent examples and connections. I would highly recommend this course and enjoyed taking it.
Enjoyable course and helped me strengthen my skills to enhance my job working with preschoolers, promoting emergent literacy. Thank you.
Valuable information presented in a thorough manner, with excellent assignments to build knowledge, and extremely useful supplemental materials. I would recommend this to beginning and seasoned teachers alike. I came away with a more orderly understanding of the development of literacy and many new ideas to implement in my classroom.
Course Code: rsr
In the first lesson you will be introduces to the course philosophy and objectives. You will be given examples and anecdotes to show some of the many ways we all interact with reading in our daily lives. Then you will learn about the language skills that have the greatest impact on a child becoming a successful reader and writer.
Discover the differences between rote memory, knowledge of sounds and symbols, phonemic awareness, and how all these things come together for the early reader. Then you will learn about the different types of attention and the importance of having an organized thinking system in order to learn about print.
In this lesson you will discover what is happening when a child works to store information in memory. You will learn how important it is to store information in some sort of order, and also how to get things out of memory once they are put away. Then you will explore the many skills a child needs to understand text.
In this lesson you will learn how infants grow to become readers. You will explore the many emerging literacy processes that occur during the first two years of life. You will learn about numerous activities that you can do during this period to build literacy skills. Then you will explore the sequence of skills that brings toddlers and preschoolers to the threshold of becoming true readers and writers. You will learn why you should read that favorite story one more time. You will be given examples of pre-writing and reading in this lesson.
This lesson will show you the order in which we all learn literacy skills and will guide you through the evolution of reading and writing letters, words, sentences, and then complex ideas. Then, you will know what fluency looks like when a young child is successfully reading. You will look ahead at a child’s future growth and how literacy skills continue to develop so that the child can be successful with literacy activities throughout school life.
Finally, you will be given many activities that demonstrate how the complex skill of writing emerges. You will learn what to watch for and how to assist a child who is becoming a successful scribe. You will learn how to assist a child who struggles with literacy learning and how to locate resources for assistance. You will discover learning differences to help you enjoy the strengths of a child who may be a little slower to master reading and writing than her peers.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 15 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.