Nancy L. Cappelloni, M.A., Ed.D.
Educational Consultant
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                              Early Literacy Development

        Reading provides the foundation for all curricula throughout
school and is necessary for academic success in all subject areas. 
For children needing further support in their literacy development and in their reading and writing skills, Dr. Cappelloni provides individual reading instruction to children ages four through ten. Intervention is designed to build confident and proficient readers, whether children are learning to read or reading to learn. Through systematic, instructional methods grounded in scientifically based reading research, Dr. Cappelloni works with children in the areas of:

• Alphabetic knowledge
• Phonological and phonemic awareness
• Concepts of print
• Reading strategies
• Oral language and vocabulary development and word knowledge
• Spelling
• Grammar and punctuation
• Fluency
• Reading comprehension
• Listening and oral comprehension skills
• Writing development
• Interpretation and critical thinking

         Early literacy is comprised of four components --speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Acquiring knowledge in all of these areas is critical for the young child's early literacy and reading development, comprehension skills, successful social interactions, and academic proficiency.

         The acquisition of emergent literacy skills enables young children to develop their early reading skills and helps them become successful learners in kindergarten and beyond. Although reading and writing abilities continue to develop, the early years are critical for literacy development. Professional development for preschool and transitional kindergarten teaching staff is designed to help teachers enhance the reading development of children ages three through
five by:

• Introducing teachers to the components of a balanced language arts program--speaking, listening, reading, and writing-- for preschool through transitional kindergarten classrooms

• Developing and designing a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, early literacy-rich curriculum

• Learning scientifically-based instructional practices and activities and exploring materials to encourage reading, writing, speaking, and listening

• Creating a literacy-rich classroom environment

• Encouraging family involvement in supporting language and literacy development

• Understanding assessment of children's emergent literacy skills

• Implementing effective learning strategies for children with diverse learning styles, special needs, and English language learners.
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