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Literacy for Young Children
A Guide for Early Childhood Educators



March 2008 | 256 pages | Corwin
This resource presents assessment and instructional activities that are evidence based, practical, and easy to implement. This comprehensive text demonstrates how to link assessment and instruction practices for every component of literacy learning and helps teachers become informed decision makers about purposeful literacy instruction. Addressing the Early Reading First areas of phonological awareness, print knowledge, and language development, the book also covers parent involvement, integrated curriculum, and suggestions for working with children with special needs and English language learners. Using vignettes of four children representing diverse backgrounds, the authors weave together theory and practice and describe how instructional strategies are implemented in classroom settings. Each chapter contains figures and graphic organizers and includes sections on instructional strategies, assessment, and diversity
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Why Early Literacy?
Early Reading First

 
Developmentally Appropriate Practice

 
Overview of This Book

 
 
Chapter 1. Children's Development and Literacy Learning
How Children Develop and Learn

 
Child Development: The Foundation for Literacy

 
Introducing Rebecca, Juan, Michael, and Annie

 
Foundations for Learning to Read

 
Supportive Classroom Environments

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 2. Language Development and Diversity
Role of Oral Language in Literacy Development

 
What Does Research Say About How Children Acquire Language?

 
Benchmarks of Oral Language Development for Preschool Children

 
Assessing Oral Language Development

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Oral Language Development

 
Language Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 3. Phonological Awareness Development in Preschool Children
What Is Phonological Awareness and What Is Its Role in Literacy Development?

 
What does Research Say About How Children Acquire Phonological Awareness?

 
Indicators of Children's Development of Phonological Awareness

 
Assessing Phonological Awareness

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Phonological Awareness

 
Addressing Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 4. Alphabetic Principle
What Is the Alphabetic Principle and What is Its Role in Literacy Development?

 
What Does Research Tell Us About the Alphabetic Principle?

 
Assessing the Alphabetic Principle

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Understanding of the Alphabetic Principle

 
Addressing Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 5. Writing
How Are Reading and Writing Connected in Early Literacy Development?

 
What Does Research Say About Emergent Writing Development?

 
Assessing Writing

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies to Support Emergent Writing

 
Addressing Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 6. Comprehension: Making Meaning
What Is Comprehension?

 
What Helps Children Comprehend?

 
Assessing Comprehension

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies

 
Addressing Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 7. Sharing Books With Children
The Importance of Book Sharing for Children's Early Literacy Development

 
What Does Research Say About Storybook Reading With Children?

 
Selecting High-Quality Children's Literature

 
Developing Classroom Libraries

 
Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Sharing Books With Children

 
Addressing Diversity

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 8. Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum
Integrated Curriculum

 
Planning an Integrated Unit

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 9. Literacy in the Real World
Language and Literacy in Communities

 
Infusing Home and Community Literacy in the Classroom

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 10. Helping Parents Facilitate Children's Literacy at Home
Why Parents Become Involved

 
Parental Beliefs

 
Types of Parental Involvement

 
Why Parental Involvement?

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 11. Bringing It All Together
Preschool Programs Make a Difference

 
The Physical Environment

 
The Interactional Environment

 
Assessing Your Literacy and Language Environment

 
Planning Whole and Half Day Programs

 
Summary

 
 
References
Children's Books Referenced

 
 
Additional Resources for Teachers
Helpful Websites

 
 
References
 
Index

"A comprehensive and comprehensible book that provides a framework for a productive, engaging, literacy-developing classroom. This text provides a complete schema to support and enable novice teachers and affirm the experienced teacher with an overview for developing literacy in early childhood."

Judy A. Leavell, Associate Professor
St. Edward’s University

"Griffith and her colleagues have written a valuable book for literacy instructors. The attention to detail and the inclusion of research-based instructional strategies will make this book an excellent resource for all teachers and coaches in grades preK and K."

Ruth Short, Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

"This book merges the five big ideas in reading with developmentally appropriate practice to create a practical guide that will enhance literacy development in any type of preschool setting. The references, resources, and examples will help teachers bring these ideas to life in their classrooms."

Addie Gaines, Principal
Kirbyville Elementary School, MO

"A great resource for any early childhood teacher! The book provides concrete examples of how to implement best practices in an early childhood classroom. By connecting all the big ideas in literacy, the authors have set a standard for best practice!"

Emma McGee Barnes, Literacy Facilitator
Hawk Ridge Elementary School, Charlotte, NC

"This clear, concise text allows the reader a look into the classroom and an opportunity to relate to students and teachers in specific and meaningful ways to address literacy and its many important parts."

Teresa P. Cunningham, Principal
Laurel Elementary School, Laurel Bloomery, TN

"A major strength of this book is the focus on addressing the needs of each child as an individual, supporting his or her literacy development through both the physical and the interactional environment. I look forward to using this book in my literacy methods courses."

Elizabeth Willner, Associate Professor
Oklahoma City University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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