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Literacy for Young Children : A Guide for Early Childhood Educators - Priscilla L. Griffith

Literacy for Young Children

A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

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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

"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction: Why Early Literacy?
Early Reading First
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Overview of This Book
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
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
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
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
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
Comprehension: Making Meaning
What Is Comprehension?
What Helps Children Comprehend?
Assessing Comprehension
Research-Based Instructional Strategies
Addressing Diversity
Summary
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
Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum
Integrated Curriculum
Planning an Integrated Unit
Summary
Literacy in the Real World
Language and Literacy in Communities
Infusing Home and Community Literacy in the Classroom
Summary
Helping Parents Facilitate Children's Literacy at Home
Why Parents Become Involved
Parental Beliefs
Types of Parental Involvement
Why Parental Involvement?
Summary
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
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ISBN: 9781412952002
ISBN-10: 141295200X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th March 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52