Malia Hollowell is the author of The Science of Reading in Action and the creator of the site Playdough to Plato. She’s a National Board Certified educator who’s helping to put the science of reading into action with playful, hands on experiences. Her book, website, and Instagram are full of fantastic examples and resources. Her primary focus is grades K-2, but depending on where your littles are skill-wise, there are loads of great activities that may be appropriate for preK as well. Learn more about what the Science of Reading means and how it best fits into your practice.
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Notes from the Show:
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Malia’s Website: Playdough to Plato
Malia’s Book: The Science of Reading in Action
Malia’s Phonological Awareness Warm Ups
Playdough 2 Plato Instagram (Full of LOTS of fun, active ways to teach and practice skills.)
Ready to dive in for more? Check out Malia’s program: The Reading Roadmap
Here’s the New York Times article by Emily Hanford, which Malia mentions.
Additional Literacy Resources (K-2):
The Science of Reading in Action
Additional Literacy Resources (Early Preschool-PreK):
Setting the Stage for Rock Star Readers: Help Young Children Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading
Teach Smarter: Literacy Strategies for Early Childhood Teachers + NJC Podcast with author, Vanessa Levin: Play, Standards, and Literacy
Vanessa Levin and Allison McDonald (authors of the two previously listed books, respectively) also had a great discussion about the Science of Reading from a preschool perspective. Watch part 1 and part 2 on YouTube.
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