Investing in our Children / Invirtiendo en Nuestros Niños

Literacy Rich Resources

Please keep visiting!  SEEDS Quality Coaches and Teachers update this page with lesson plans and daily schedules to assist other teachers in creating language rich classrooms and family child care settings.

The Early Literacy Foundations Initiative is a program designed to encourage strong literacy and language foundations for children 0-5 by providing a supportive professional development program for early childhood educators. 

Since 2007, 413 early childhood educators have been trained in the SEEDS of Early Literacy curriculum in Santa Cruz County.  The goals are to:

  • To support teachers who work with children at risk for low language and literacy opportunities
  • To assess and promote ongoing use of SEEDS strategies following prior SEEDS course completion for quality language and literacy support
  • To promote the use of Response to Intervention strategies
  • To increase the number of children on target with early reading predictors

The Repeated Read Aloud strategy is a key method of promoting oral language skills in young children. Please utilize the following resources to incorporate the Repeated Read Aloud with your children.

First 5 has adopted the Literacy Rich Daily Schedule to support early childhood educators providing embedded and explicit literacy rich instruction for children throughout each day.  Please use this schedule to help you plan the incorporation of literacy rich activities throughout the day.

Big 5 Transition Songs

1. You Clap and You Clap (Chant)
2. What is it?
3. Alphabet song - Letter Names - Tune:  Jeopardy
4. Alphabet song - Letter Sounds - Tune: Jeopardy
5, Letters, letters, letters have names (chant)
6. Alphabet Name Game - Tune: Mary had a little lamb
7. Letter Sounds - Tune: Jimmy Crack Corn
8. Every Letter Makes a Sound - Tune: Old McDonald
9. What's the Sound? Tune: Old McDonald
10. If you Think you Know this Word - Tune: If you're happy and you know it
11. I know a Song - Tune: Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah
12. A Searching we will Go - Tune: A Hunting we will Go
13 Beginning Sounds are Fun to Find - Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
14. Alliteration Game - Tune: Farmer in the Dell
15. Echo Song (chant)
16. Rhyming Song - Tune: Skip to my Lou
17. Amy's Song - Rhyming Names (chant)
18. Willaby Wallaby
19. Say Your Name (chant)
20. Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee (chant)