Building a Foundation for Preschool Literacy: Effective Instruction for Children's Reading and Writing Development

International Reading Assoc.

In the second edition of the foundational book in the Preschool Literacy Collection, authors Carol Vukelich and James Christie present the core content and best practice strategies needed to provide preschoolers with effective early literacy instruction. Each chapter explains why the instructional strategies should be used and offers illustrations on how the strategies have been used in early childhood classrooms by outstanding teachers of language and literacy.

You will learn how to

  • Teach phonological awareness in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Create a carefully planned, print-rich environment
  • Engage in children’s play
  • Plan a daily schedule that meets children’s needs and integrates language and literacy into all components of the curriculum
  • Effectively read aloud to children
  • Help parents promote their children’s literacy learning

Plus, a chapter on linking standards with assessment and instruction shows readers how to tie together the core ideas presented in the book.

This second edition features a new chapter on storybook reading that explores how sharing books with children helps them develop many of the skills that researchers have identified as essential for later reading success. Further, this edition has been updated to include more detailed information on grouping and planning the daily schedule, as well as updated research to reflect new trends and ideas in the field of early literacy. Professional development sections are included in each chapter, and new vignettes illustrate the strategies in use in real classrooms.

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International Reading Assoc.
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Published on
Apr 2, 2009
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Education / Early Childhood (incl. Preschool & Kindergarten)
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics
Language Arts & Disciplines / Handwriting
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reading Skills
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Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy is about teaching the language arts in a reader-friendly, child-focused way. It provides pre-service and in-service teachers with sound instructional strategies to facilitate children’s reading, writing, speaking, and listening development in pre-kindergarten through the upper elementary grades. Each chapter identifies clear learning goals for readers and offers opportunities for self-assessment. Recognizing that children are at the heart of good language and literacy teaching, the book focuses on four central themes: a perspective on teaching and learning that blends constructivism and science-based instruction, respect for diversity, instruction-based assessment, and family involvement in literacy learning.

The Fourth Edition includes coverage of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Grades K-12 and contains a number of new features that reflect recent developments in the field of language arts education and that will assist students in learning key concepts and strategies. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video.

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