Emergent literacy is a term describing a young child's knowledge of reading and writing skills before they learn how to read and write words. The idea is a belief that in literate society, young children are in the process of becoming literate. The belief behind it is that learning literacy begins at a young age — long before official lessons in school occur. Key components include oral language (listening comprehension, vocabulary and narrative knowledge); phonological awareness; concept development; knowledge of the conventions of print; and alphabetic knowledge.


TPAC Education presents a free six-week emergent literacy class in August at Bellevue Library (720 Baugh Road, Nashville). Teaching Artist Rachel Sumner leads the class for preschool children ages 3 - 5. The series focuses on skills through music, movement and drama. Choose Tuesday sessions, Aug. 21 - Sept. 25 or Thursday sessions, Aug. 23 - Sept. 27. Classes take place from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Space is limited to 12 children per class, and registration is required. To register your child, call 615-862-5854 or visit the Bellevue Library's Children's Desk.