Title

Enriching a Child’s Literacy Environment (ECLE) Parents Enriching Home Environments Improving Children’s Mental - Psychomotor Skills

Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

Enriching a Child’s Literacy Environment (ECLE) provides parents and teachers with specific research proven practices for improving young children’s home and/school environments thereby improving their mental and psychomotor skills. This early developmental assistance can lead to closing the achievement gap and promoting learning for all children, especially those in high poverty populations as explained in Conference Strand 1. ECLE involves families and communities before and during the early school years, giving them early learning experiences preparing the children for successful schooling as detailed in Conference Strand V. ECLE enables family and community members, teachers, and others interested in creating environments where children can improve their mental and psychomotor skills early. These improved skills, children starting ahead and staying ahead, can close the achievement gap and overcome poverty, violence and failure.

Brief Program Description

Come and learn how parents, teachers, and community members can create environments improving children’s mental and psychomotor skills. Activities include large and small muscle coordination, sensory stimulation/oral language development, print awareness, children’s literature, number awareness, music, movement and rhythm, and concept development. Participants will receive take home activities and references for other activities, including an activity schedule.

Summary

Participants will observe and be involved with proven activities to improve children’s mental and psychomotor skills including large and small muscle coordination, sensory stimulation/oral language development, print awareness, children’s literature, number awareness, music, movement and rhythm, and concept development. Participants will receive take home activities and references for other activities. Participants will receive and discuss a monthly activity schedule, including activities referenced above. Each month’s activities build upon the previous month’s activities. Participants, in small groups, will discuss each activity after the activity presentation, and determine how activity category may be used at home or in the school.

Evidence

The Mental and Motor subscales of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development were used to assess activity effectiveness. Constructs measured by the Bayley include: Oral Language, Small and Large Muscle Coordination, Print Awareness, Number Awareness, Music and Rhythm and Concept Development. Five separate student groups were involved over five years. Effect sizes from .55 sigma (55 percent of one standard deviation) to 1.8 sigma, or 1 and 8/10s standard deviations were shown on the Bayley Mental Development Index for the five groups. The total number of students in the five groups equaled 90. Effect sizes from .68 to 1.81 sigma were shown on the Bayley Psychomotor Development Index. The total number of students in the five groups equaled 90. To appreciate the magnitude of these effects, .65 sigma is equal to about one year’s growth on commercially prepared norm referenced standardized tests. The American Educational Research Association explains .25 sigma as being educationally significant. http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/Vol2010no5/archivevol2010no5/reid.pdf Pages 22-31 http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/74030299/history-early-literacy-research-effect-project-enriching-childs-literacy-environment-ecle

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

John Hobe

Teacher – Special Education, Elementary Regular Education, 1968-1991

Teacher – Armstrong State University 1991 – Present

Department Head, Professor – Armstrong State University January 2008-June 30, 2010 Early Childhood Education

Department Head, Professor – Armstrong State University July 1, 2010-Present Childhood and Exceptional Student Education

Consultant and Staff Member – Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction, 1974-Present

Armstrong Atlantic State University’s name changed to Armstrong State University, July 1, 2014.

Keyword Descriptors

Enriching a Child's Literacy Environment, Improving Mental and Psychomotor Skills

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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Enriching a Child’s Literacy Environment (ECLE) Parents Enriching Home Environments Improving Children’s Mental - Psychomotor Skills

Harborside Center East and West

Come and learn how parents, teachers, and community members can create environments improving children’s mental and psychomotor skills. Activities include large and small muscle coordination, sensory stimulation/oral language development, print awareness, children’s literature, number awareness, music, movement and rhythm, and concept development. Participants will receive take home activities and references for other activities, including an activity schedule.