Letters are Characters

March 28, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Caregivers are children’s first teachers and play a critical role in literacy. During this fun and interactive program, caregivers will begin to learn about how children learn to read as well as how to provide effective, science-based support and instruction and create enriching, lifelong reading habits. Children will engage in hands-on, multi-sensory play that will enable them to begin to break the phonemic code, an essential stepping stone in learning to read.

For children ages 4 – 7.  Please pre-register in person, by email to rsvp@kidsplaymuseum.org, or by phone.

Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu is a researcher and teacher. She has spent the last four years studying reading including the neurological processes involved in reading and the sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of reading acquisition and its opposite – failure to acquire reading fluency. She has developed a method to help children ages 4 – 7 break the phonemic code in a fun and playful way. She has authored a book on the subject (in the publication process – Letters are Characters). She is passionate about the importance of reading and wants to create programs that work for all students including struggling readers. 

Photo credit: Terry Augustyn, Nutmeg Photography
Caroline Wilcox Ugurlu, pictured with Daisy, who was not helpful
during the writing of this book because she enjoys walking on keyboards.
She is, however, a good reading partner for adults and children alike.

-Paul B. Yellin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, Director, The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education.

“Letters Are Characters is a creative, fun, and imaginative way for kids to learn their
letters. When my son made his letters, they were his own, and he remembered them.
Books, videos, and magnets added little value to his learning, but building them and
connecting letters to personalities made a huge difference in his learning on his path
to phonetic awareness and reading.”
—Tyler Stevens

Ms. Wilcox Ugurlu has made the science of early reading instruction – which IS rocket
science – accessible to everyone. This parent-friendly program presents the current research
about early reading acquisition and provides step-by-step instructions for supporting
any young child’s literacy development. The Letters are Characters activities
are engaging and play-like, while incorporating research-based methods. A wonderful
resource for parents!
—Sara Reynolds, Elementary Reading Specialist, Torrington School District

Letters are Characters


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