Early Literacy and Learning Model/Plus (ELLM/Plus)

… is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old preschool children that has been proven to be effective in improving children’s early reading achievement in an experimental study. It was originally developed by the University of North Florida, the Jacksonville Children’s Center, Parsons Little Scholars, and several other pioneers in early education. This literacy-focused curriculum builds children’s cognitive development through literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, motor experiences, and physical health. Children’s acquisition of important cognitive and social/emotional development is facilitated through interactions with supportive teachers and other adults who encourage children’s curiosity, persistence, and creativity by planning and implementing engaging activities and providing support during learning experiences. ELLM./Plus is designed to expand children’s vocabularies and refine their understanding and comprehension of words they know and use.

Experiences include oral language, listening, and vocabulary development activities that engage children in conversations and encourage them to use oral language to express themselves effectively; reading aloud and emergent comprehension activities that provide opportunities for listening to stories, discussing the story meaning, and making connections between the stories and their own lives; and independent reading activities that give students positive experiences with books. Literacy skills include letter and sound knowledge (the ability to recognize the upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet and their sounds); phonological awareness and phonics connection (the ability to recognize and isolate sounds and manipulate, blend, segment, and rhyme words); and print concepts and emergent writing (the ability to understand that reading and writing are interactive and an ability to express themselves in writing).