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Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers (PreK-2)/Flex Course

 

Do you ever wonder what you can do to help young students gain a better foundation in reading? This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundation skills into their everyday practice. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of such concepts as phonics, decoding, sight words, vocabulary, and fluency, just to name a few. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their students with learning how to read and will have gained valuable classroom ideas to incorporate these skills into their everyday teaching. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I thought the content and resources from this course were amazing. I will be incorporating many new strategies into my instruction." - Tamara Moskowitz

 

Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $108 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $280

 

Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Fluent Reader” by Timothy Rasinski

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List

 

Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 82T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41676

Unit One

  • Overview of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Concepts of Print
  • Phonemic/Phonological Awareness
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Phonics
  • Spelling and Word Families
  • Decoding Strategies
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Sight Words
  • Fluency
  • Text Types and "Just Right" Books for Emergent Readers
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Building Vocabulary
  • Genre Matters: Balancing Types of Text
  • Writing with Reading in Mind
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Making the Most Out of Read Alouds
  • Asking and Answering Questions with Evidence
  • Effective Story Retells
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Features of Nonfiction Texts
  • Making Connections
  • Assignment #4: Create lesson plans based on the scenarios presented in the course
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)