Young children's early experiences with literacy learning are critically important to their later success in school. How can preschool and primary teachers make sure that those experiences are the best they can be?
This collection of 14 articles (published originally in IRA's influential The Reading Teacher) highlights what outstanding early literacy instruction looks like in preschool and early elementary classrooms. You'll read about
- Instructional strategies
- Home–school connections
- And evidence-based approaches that will inspire improved teaching practice designed to increase learning for young children of all backgrounds
Distinguished educator Dorothy Strickland introduces the collection with a discussion of the challenges facing teachers today, a summary of trends and research in early literacy, and suggestions for how these articles can be used in professional development settings. Included with each article are reflection questions to spark discussion in school-based professional learning communities or teacher education classrooms.