This adaptation focused on creating and enhancing OER materials for courses in Early Childhood Language and Literacy. The intent was seen as a cost saving measure as well as to reflect the diverse culture of our college community. Diverse perspectives are apparent throughout the text with the inclusion of vignettes, photos, related websites, videos, and application activities.
The text begins with an overview of emergent literacy and the critical role that the early years play in the development of literacy. Theories are examined and developmentally appropriate practices are explored. The importance of valuing and understanding the family and the part they play in early language and literacy is emphasized. All aspects of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening are introduced and considered.
The Early Literacy Journey: Supporting and Celebrating Young Learners was adapted from an OER text, Early Childhood Literacy: Engaging and Empowering Emergent Readers and Writers, Birth-Age 5, written by Schull, C., La Croix, L., Miller, S., Austin, K., Kidd, J.