This text provides a comprehensive understanding of the foundational literacy knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to guide emerging readers and writers in early childhood. Centered on the critical question of why some children learn to read easily, while others do not, this text walks readers through developmentally appropriate goal setting based on the foundational literacy skills that are critical for preschool and kindergarten children to develop. Written in an authoritative yet accessible style, chapters offer instructional strategies, insights, and scenarios from educators, self-reflection, and a variety of methods for implementation. Each chapter also includes differentiation for children with language and learning challenges as well as dual language learners, exploring methods for valuing the home language while building critical literacy skills in the classroom. Providing critical skills for guiding all emerging readers to an independent reading level, this is an essential resource for both students in early childhood, literacy, and special education courses and educators in early childhood public education, non-profit preschool settings such as Head Start, home and daycare settings, and private and corporate care and education centers.
Kindergarten is a time for playful and enriching learning activities that support children's literacy emergence while enhancing their social and cognitive development. The routines of a busy, engaged, productive kindergarten classroom are vividly brought to life in this information-packed book. Demonstrated are whole-class and small-group strategies for helping children acquire concepts about print and the alphabet, build phonological and phonemic awareness, learn to read sight words, develop their listening comprehension and writing abilities, and much more.
Advances in literacy require collaboration between all of a school's stakeholders. This book harnesses the latest research and takes into consideration CCSS to show how to make that collaboration a reality. • Emphasizes adolescent literacy and literacy coaching, currently the two most significant topics in literacy instruction • Summarizes current literacy research, including research and practices for adolescent literacy • Provides detailed examples and applications of theoretical principles of reading instruction • Presents practical information on infusing technology throughout literacy instruction • Encourages utilizing conversations in the classroom and describes methods for implementation
For K-3 teachers Seven easy-to-maintain centers help you work smarter, not harder, as you connect standards-based reading and writing instruction with student application of skills and strategies. Your literacy centers will become focused places of learning, keeping you free to teach small groups and minimize student interruption--and you control how to fit the centers into your day. Primary Literacy Centers: Supports the balanced literacy approach; Features 36 language arts mini-lessons with easy-to-use center connections; Correlates to NCTE/IRA National Language Arts Standards; Incorporates both fiction and nonfiction text; and Gives students time to practice and apply literacy-block skills and strategies that you teach and model &&/UL&&Here's everything you need to know to set up and manage centers in a balanced literacy framework for: Reading, Word Work, Read the Room, Listening, Research, Literature Response, Writing, and Poetry. Make literacy centers a vital part of your classroom!
Widely recognized as a leading text in its field, this popular guide explores literacy development beginning in infancy and through fourth grade. The latest edition continues to prepare teachers to create and implement literacy-rich curricula in early childhood classrooms, while providing updates to federal legislation and highlighting the impact of state standards on educational settings. Recent technology is integrated into activities used to enhance literacy competencies. Throughout the book, the author’s approach to reflective teaching empowers teachers to become effective decision makers and thoughtful mediators in children’s transactions with literacy. A conceptual and theoretical foundation for describing reading and writing processes is followed by research-based descriptions of the signs of emergent literacy and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies. The emphasis on linguistic and cultural diversity includes an array of approaches for supporting English language learners. Chapter extension activities challenge readers to apply concepts through observation, research, curriculum development, and discussion. Sample observation and assessment forms assist in determining children’s progress in developing literacy.
Are You Getting the Results You Want From Your Reading and Writing Instruction? This outstanding resource book provides research-based, practical ideas for creating a complete balanced reading and writing program that will make a difference for your students. There is a wealth of information including the following: • Descriptions and implementation ideas for each component of a balanced reading and writing program • Checklists for reviewing your own literacy program • Effective strategies for teaching word study, fluency, and comprehension • Vocabulary instructional strategies that expand students’ comprehension and word knowledge • Specific pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies that increase students’ comprehension of fiction and nonfiction text • Practical ideas for teaching writing skills in context • Innovative ways of meeting the needs of struggling readers • 50 tips any educator can use to positively impact students’ reading performance • 101 ideas for involving families in your literacy program • Extensive lists of outstanding instructional materials • Suggestions for ensuring that effective school practices are in place to positively impact your students’ literacy performance If you are looking for ideas and tips that can impact your students’ reading and writing, this book provides hundreds of classroom-proven suggestions designed for new teachers, experienced teachers, and administrators.
With a focus on early literacy skills, this resource supports kindergarten teachers in their use of centers in the classroom. Included in this book are 10 easy-to-use, research- and standards-based literacy centers that each align with essential kindergarten skills and that focus on the five areas of reading: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. You'll find fun, engaging designs and all the necessary materials needed to implement each center. Each center contains three differentiated activities to meet the needs of all learners, recommended children's literature for additional text support, and a family letter to build a school-home connection. This resource is correlated to College and Career Readiness standards.
The Common Core Standards have recently been adopted in most states across the nation and teachers are in the process of getting to the core of these standards. Teaching to standards is not a new concept; teachers have adapted to new standards every few years for quite some time. And teachers are adaptable, as can be seen in this book. We are writing this book to demonstrate how teachers use research-based strategies to meet Common Core Standards while still focusing on students. Our goal is to help teachers visualize students in action as other teachers describe the implementation of research-based strategies in their own classrooms, show student work samples, and provide reflections of student success in achieving the standards. Many Common Core Standards books focus on the standards, but our approach focuses on strategies that engage the students in the classroom--showing how different teachers at varying grade levels have used the strategies to meet the standards. With this focus, we believe that teachers gain a new and positive perspective on approaching the new standards and see the flexibility of strategies for meeting standards across subject areas. We have examined research on the strategies with the purpose of giving teachers a brief description of why these strategies work before giving actual examples from classrooms. We also work closely with teachers in the public schools and have our finger on the pulse of what is happening in the public schools—one of the current stressors being unpacking the Common Core Standards This book actually focuses on practice. We begin by laying out a rationale in our first chapter---The Core Value(s) of Education. Then, each chapter focuses on a strategy, including 1) a brief description about the research supporting each strategy and 2) several examples from different grade levels, which include a description of how the strategy was used, student work samples, and a reflection on the use of the strategy. The research descriptions are fairly short because, while we believe professional educators (aka teachers, in this case) should know the research that supports practice, we know they are not typically interested in long diatribes about the research.
Combining nursery rhymes and learning centers helps students develop and improve a variety of literacy skills such as oral language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.
With a focus on early literacy skills, this resource supports kindergarten teachers in their use of centers in the classroom. Included in this book are 10 easy-to-use, research-based literacy centers that each align with Common Core State standards and that focus on the five areas of reading-Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. You'll find fun, engaging designs and all of the necessary materials needed to implement each center. Each center contains three differentiated activities to meet the needs of all learners, recommended children's literature for additional text support, and a family letter to build a school-home connection.