Promoting Early Literacy for Young Children
About The Author
Robbin Miller is a former little league baseball player after it became legal in 1974. She played from 1975-1977 after enduring boos and negative comments such as "Go home to play with dolls," on the field. Robbin is a mother of a 8 year old boy playing little league baseball this summer. Robbin is an author of "Playgroup Time," and "Three Best Friends," picture books promoting inclusion and diversity for all children with abilities.
Promoting Early Age Literacy for Young Children
I adopted my son, EJ, in August 2009 in another state. He was born premature and underweight and referred for an early intervention evaluation. The staff person came to my home when EJ was a month old and explained to me the purpose and mission of Early Intervention(EI) services. Though EJ screened out to be eligible for EI services at home, he was invited to attend a weekly playground at the local EI center. I asked the evaluator if she had any information or booklet to educate me on what was a structured early intervention playgroup. She told me briefly what it was in promoting cognitive and motor skills in children besides an excellent opportunity to promote socialization for children. However, I still had no pictures or brochures to learn more about this program.
EJ attended for one year as a five- month year old baby until he was 17 months old as a toddler. He excelled in all his skill areas in particularly his gross motor skills for kicking hard a big red rubber ball. This experience resulted in EJ in being an exceptional soccer player when he started playing at four years old.
After EJ aged out of the EI playground, I started writing my picture book titled, “Playgroup Time.” Four years later after several revisions and drafts, my picture book was published by www.createaspace in Fall 2015. The purpose of my picture book was to educate prospective parents whose child(ren) was referred to the EI playground as either clients or community residents. My goal is for every early intervention program to read “Playgroup Time,” as a positive recruitment tool so parents won’t experience the “Black Hole” moment like I encountered when EJ was a baby.
Fast Forward in December 2017. This past week, I volunteered to read “Playgroup Time,” to an EI playgroup in my neck of the woods to promote early literacy for babies and toddlers. What a wonderful opportunity for young children to be exposed to reading at an early age. The research demonstrates that early literacy for children promotes a life long interest in reading. Furthermore, EI playgroups also promote inclusion and diversity for all children with abilities.
Here is a video clip of me reading “Playgroup Time,” for a past program titled, “One Book at a Time,” for Shrewsbury Media Connection in December 2015 on Channel 29.