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Language arts (Preschool)--Computer-assisted instruction; Vocabulary--Study and teaching (Preschool);


Emergent literacy with toddler age children has a strong foundation in vocabulary development. There are many methods currently being employed to foster vocabulary development. Dialogic reading, sign language, finger plays and songs are just a few of those methods. It is important to look for a curriculum that provides a format to combine these strategies into a cohesive presentation. Understanding the increasing importance that technology plays in the lives of our children is also crucial. Selecting the right technology may provide the solution for infusing vocabulary development into the early learning environment. This project will design a curriculum to implement technology in order to foster the development of emergent literacy by building vocabulary with very young children. Using digital images from the child's world both at home and at school will make vocabulary development authentic, meaningful and individualized. Involving parents in the project will strengthen connections between home and school, initiate life-long technology use with their children, and empower parents to become active participants in their child's learning.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Rick C. Traw


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