Course Description

This course combines the essential tasks of helping children build content knowledge while creating a learning environment where children feel safe, comfortable, and able to take risks. The course offers innovative ways to encourage students to explore, experiment, discover, problem-solve, and freely interact with one another. It capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and uses various tools to develop and promote content literacy: nonfiction, visuals, living and nonliving artifacts, drawling, song, movement, and dramatization. It also discusses oral language development, reading to and by children, shared and guided reading, reading to write and writing to learn, finding the “play” in word play, and celebrating diversity and meeting the needs of all students.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.


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Section Title
Book Study: Building Content Knowledge and Literacy with Young Children
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $350.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Let’s Find Out!  Kempton, S. (2014).  Stenhouse:  Portland, Maine.

Reading, Writing, Playing, Learning. Jamison Rog, L., Galloway, D-L. (2017).  Pembroke:  Ontario, Canada.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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