Creating Literacy-Rich Preschools and Kindergartens

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-02-28
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Reviewers Rave About This Book! "I would purchase this book for all of my intervention team and it would serve as a professional text for team meetings and discussions throughout the school year. It has the potential to support what is going on at the upper grade levels in the area of literacy instruction." -Felicia Hobbs, Gibbs Magnet School, Arkansas "The uniquely positive features of this text are its relevancy to preschool and kindergarten classrooms across the country and the ease and style in which it is written." -Patricia H. Kostell, Educational Consultant, South Carolina Filled with research-based ideas for creating a supportive climate for young children while engaging them in meaningful and useful instruction, this well illustrated and user-friendly book is just what teachers need to build strong foundations in early literacy. Take a Peek into the Book: Presents specific ideas to support English Language Learners. Features a full discussion on learning climates and environments Provides information on creating an atmosphere of trust and support and an organized environment so often missing from other literacy books that focus exclusively on language and literacy. (Chapter 2) Highlights actual teaching strategies and activities that can be implemented in terms of oral language and early reading and writing development. (Chapter 3) Focuses on how to involve families as partners in the literacy development of children. (Chapter 4) Includes useful and authentic assessment strategies paired with easy-to-use and camera-ready tools to evaluate growth and development. (Chapter 5)

Author Biography

Anne K. Soderman is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Transformations in Early Childhood Education: Are We on the Right Path?p. 2
Young Children as Emerging Literacy Learnersp. 8
How Does Early Literacy Emerge?p. 11
Problems in the Pathwayp. 12
The Whole Package: Antecedents, Transactions, and Outcomesp. 15
Role of the Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staffp. 17
Learning Climates and Environments That Support Best Practices in Emerging Literacyp. 20
What Should We Expect to See?p. 22
Managing Children Effectively: Creating on Atmosphere of Trust and Supportp. 29
Embracing Classroom Diversity and Providing Support for English Language Learnersp. 32
Facilitating Learning: Organizing Space, Materials, Time, and Routinesp. 36
Structuring effective Literacy Learning Centersp. 40
Selecting Books for Your Literacy-Rich Classroomp. 44
Role of the Community in Creating Literacy-Rich Contexts for Young Childrenp. 50
Emerging Literacy Components and Teaching Strategiesp. 53
Components and Strategiesp. 56
Oral Language, and Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Developmentp. 59
Early Writing Developmentp. 70
Early Reading Developmentp. 86
The Child's World outside the Classroom: Involving Families as Partners in the Literacy Processp. 98
Welcoming Families to the Preschool and Kindergarten Environmentsp. 100
A Framework for Parent Involvementp. 104
Planning Your Parent Involvement Programp. 107
Suggestions for Enhancing Preschool and Kindergarten Orientationp. 108
Ideas for Parent Involvement Activities throughout the School Yearp. 110
Home Visitsp. 114
Useful and Authentic Assessment Strategiesp. 121
Assessment of Social Competencyp. 123
A General Literacy Skills Checklistp. 126
Screening and Assessment of Young English Language Learnersp. 131
Observation and Anecdotal Notationp. 134
The Ecomapp. 136
Child Self-Appraisalp. 138
Children's Performance Samplesp. 139
Classroom Assessment That Promotes Learningp. 142
Portfolios and Student-Led Conferencingp. 145
Glossaryp. 159
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 171
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