Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten

Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten

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For introductory courses in Early Childhood literacy.To answer the question of what reading and writing activities are best for young children, a well-known early childhood author has joined forces with a literacy expert to explore the development of literacy in the preschool environment and its ongoing support through kindergarten. The results is a pragmatic, research-based text whose paradigm shift focuses future teachers on the use of "cultural characters" from picture books as the keys to an entire curriculum of literacy activities. Based on the latest theories of naturally emergent literacy, this text examines ways to create a literacy-friendly learning environment, using music and art as natural languages, and even strengthening finger muscles for writing through other hands-on activities.show more

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  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 190.5 x 235 x 19.1mm | 539.78g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130148288
  • 9780130148285

About Janice J. Beaty

Janice J. Beaty, professor emerita, Elmira College, Elmira, New York, is a full-time writer of early childhood college textbooks and a consultant and trainer in early childhood education from her home in Taos, New Mexico. Some of her textbooks include Skills for Preschool Teachers (sixth edition), Observing Development of the Young Child (fifth edition), Building Bridges with Multicultural Picture Books, Prosocial Guidance for the Preschool Child, and Picture Book Storytelling. At present Dr. Beaty is involved in an early literacy mentoring program with Foster Grandparents in schools and Head Start in Central Missouri and with early literacy in Indian Head Start Programs in the Southwest. Linda Pratt is the executive director of teache~ education and a professor of education at Elmira College. For over 20 years she has be , teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education and has been directing the graduate program in teaching literacy, with her primary teaching interest being literacy acquisition and development. Dr. Pratt has given presentations on literacy in the United States as well as in Asia, the Bahamas and Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and South America. She and Dr. Beaty have also coauthored the textbook Transcultural Children's Literature (Merrill/Prentice Hall).show more

Table of contents

I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Getting Started with Early Literacy. II. EMERGENT SPEAKING. 2. Foundations of Early Literacy. 3. Sounds of the Language: Rhyme, Rhythm, and Song. 4. Sounds of the Language: Speaking and Listening. III. EMERGENT WRITING. 5. Developing Eye-Hand Coordination. 6. Art as a Natural Language. 7. Becoming a Writer. IV. EMERGENT READING. 8. How Reading Emerges. 9. Home Book Experience. 10. Becoming a Reader. Appendix A: Cultural Character Paperback Books from Scholastic. Appendix B: Topical Cultural Character Book Index. Index of Children's Books. Index.show more

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