Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Prekindergarten


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The purpose of early literacy essentials is to improve children’s literacy in Michigan. Professional development throughout the state can focus on this set of research-supported literacy instructional practices for daily use in the classroom. Emphasis is on the prekindergarten child since literacy knowledge and skills developed in these early years predict later literacy achievement.

Early childhood education can help improve reading-by-third-grade outcomes. Pre-K education also can address disparities in literacy achievement.  Expert research suggests that each of the 10 practices outlined in this document can have a positive impact on literacy development.

The use of these practices in every Michigan classroom every day can make a measurable, positive difference in the state’s literacy achievement.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy

This document is intended to be read in concert with Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Kindergarten – Grade 3.
There is important overlap and continuity in these two documents.


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Videos of sample practices

Pre-K Essential 1

E1, Bullet 1

E1, Bullet 2

Pre-K Essential 2