Course Code: ela
In this first lesson, you’ll learn how to use play and instinct to communicate soundlessly with a newborn, to help your child fill the language-building toolbox, and to create a stimulating environment for language development. Then, we'll look at why your child’s mind is made to file, sort and choose to use sounds to communicate, and you'll learn straightforward ways you can lend a hand (even in the form of sign language!). This lesson also includes a fascinating overview of brain and mouth anatomy.
In this lesson, we'll explore what makes a word real and how to interpret your child’s patterns of simplifying early language. You'll also start using a journal to uncover the rich potential in your child’s one- and two-word phrases. Then, we'll soothe your concerns about language delays by discussing what to watch for, when to seek assistance (and from which type of specialist), and when to stop worrying and keep playing!
In this lesson, we'll match favorite infant-caregiver games to the neurological functions they stimulate. You'll also learn how language affects the development of thinking skills, just as the function of thinking affects language development. Then, you'll find out how to help your child progress to past tense, contractions, pronouns, and conjunctions. You'll also learn about the fascinating thought processes behind questions.
In this lesson, we'll continue with a few more do's and don'ts for caregivers, emphasizing our favorite learning tool: games! Then, you'll learn how sounds depend on strong, agile mouth muscles. Before you start thinking about tongue push-ups, remember we always focus on maximizing the opportunities within natural interactions. A discussion of feeding—including your choices of bottles, cups, and straws—is key. We'll answer complex and controversial questions about pacifiers, sippy cups, and thumb sucking, and I'll provide some great tips for easing necessary transitions.
In this lesson, you'll find out what you're teaching when you encourage your little one to play with sounds. You'll also learn which speech games will help you make the connection from speech to reading. Then, you'll learn how language is used to communicate and connect with others. We call this social use of language. You'll learn how to help your talker become a conversationalist!
Understand how to connect your child’s learning style and use of language. And finally, you’ll learn about where literacy begins and how it is nurtured with fun and games.
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 to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
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.
As a preschool teacher, I found this course to be very informative and educational. I know that it will help me in my everyday interactions with my students."
I have been a special ed teacher for 15 years and I got so much out of this course!!"
I really enjoyed this course. I have 4 daughters, from age 16 mos. to 9yrs. I saw so many things first hand as I was reading about them in your lessons. Sometimes my 16 mo. old even "helped" with my lessons. Very enjoyable!!"
I thought that this was one of the best continuing education classes that I have taken in a long time. I felt like all that I was exposed to was useful to me as an educator, as well as a mother. The instructor has a very thorough knowledge of her subject and a great sense of humor that makes her lessons enjoyable to read. I hope that I come across lessons by this same instructor in the future. I thank the school for offering such worthwhile courses!"
Thank you for a very beneficial course. This is my third course with you and I have enjoyed each one. I like to continue to learn and keep up on the latest information available on how to work with young children. Your classes were by far the best I have taken in quite some time. The information I have gained has already been put into practice in my classroom. Thank you for inspiring me to make necessary changes to my classroom and teaching approaches."
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Will definitely consider taking another online course again. Very informative material and learned a lot I thought I already knew! Thanks so much! Great instructor! Enjoyed Kt's sense of humor sprinkled throughout the course!"
Kt Paxton is a wonderful instructor! This is the second course I've taken with her and I always learn so much. Her love of the subject and her students shines through in her curriculum. She's highly responsive and helpful. Looking forward to another class with Ms. Paxton!"
I am in love with your courses. Your information is well written, extremely interesting and easy to follow and remember. I appreciate the examples and believe I will be a better educator and mother after taking these courses...I am totally impressed with your courses and feel you are an outstanding educator! Thank you!"
Great course! Wonderful follow-up to KT's course "Ready, Set, Read.""
I told the instructor about the journey with my son and she really went out her way to find resources. She also used examples in her lessons that were similar to what I was going through."