Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
The Role of Play in Early Literacy Education
Wednesday, May 25,
1:30:00 PM - 4:00:00 PM

Euclid Public Library

631 E. 222 Street, Euclid, Ohio


$45 CAMLS Members
$55 Affiliate Members
$90 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Deadline: Wednesday, May 18,
Limit: 35
Registered Now: 2
Contact Hours: 2

Fee includes materials only

The importance of play in the early years of language and literacy development cannot be underestimated. Play helps the brain grow; helps young children learn to think; helps them understand family literacy practices; contributes to language growth and has outcomes later on for learning to read and write. How play reflects, reinforces and/or results in language and literacy development along these dimensions will be discussed in this workshop

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • What We Know About Play-Literacy Relationships
  • Educational Play
  • Principles of Print-Rich Play Environment Design
  • Guidelines for Play Materials Selection
  • Adult Involvement in Play To Promote Language & Literacy


  • Learn about the connections between play, language and literacy
  • Learn about play-based learning activities that promote language and literacy
  • Explore how to enrich environments to foster high quality play
  • Discuss principles in selecting play materials & software
  • Gain skills in play facilitation techniques in the book-reading context
  • Discuss play as a medium for meeting early learning standards
Audience: All staff interested in early literacy education
Kathleen Roskos teaches courses at John Carroll University in reading instruction and reading diagnosis. She recently completed two years of public service as the Director of the Ohio Literacy Initiative at the Ohio department of Education, providing leadership in P-12 literacy policy and programs. Dr. Roskos studies early literacy, development, teacher cognition and the design of professional education for teachers and has published research articles on these topics in leading journals. She is currently a member of the e-Learning Committee and the Early Childhood Commission of the International Reading Association and a leader in the Literacy Development for Young Children SIG of that organization.

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