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Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs eCourse
Kathy Kirchoefer
Item Number: 1541-8945
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning June 8, 2015 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Kathy Kirchoefer

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:
  • Understand the benefits of baby programming for your audience
  • Be aware of the many different types and styles of programs for babies
  • Know how to plan a baby program from start to finish, including how to select the best books and music for baby programs
  • Know where to find resources to enhance your programs
  • Have practical strategies for dealing with the noise, the smell, and an uncooperative audience
  • Know the basics about baby brain research and early literacy skills
In those moments when a baby relaxes and cuddles in your lap as you read them a book, a wonderful thing is happening—that baby is learning that books contain words, pictures, and stories which are captivating. You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies before they can even speak!

Whether you’re preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, this eCourse is packed with practical tips that will make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for babies and their caregivers.

eCourse outline
  • Introduction
  • The Who, What, When and Where of Baby Programs
  • All About Babies (A Primer on Baby Development)
  • The Grown-Ups in the Room
  • Baby Program Components Overview: A Session in Action
  • Beyond Storytime:  Other Baby Program Ideas
  • Rhyming Time:  Why Mother Goose?
  • Beyond Rhyming Time:  Songs, Books, Action Rhymes
  • Early Literacy:  A Quick Overview
  • Baby Programming Nitty Gritty: Resources and Other Tools

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on June 8, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Kathy Kirchoeffer will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on June 8 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Kathy Kirchoefer has over ten years' experience shaking the "sillies" out of librarians at trainings and inspiring others to develop programs for babies and the grown-ups who love them.   She started leading baby storytimes in 1998, and continues to introduce babies to the wonders of books, and their caregivers to all the bouncing, tickling, and cuddling that goes along with it. She is currently head of the Children's Department at the Henderson County Public Library in western North Carolina.


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