50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies / Edition 3

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For a unique, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand guide to teaching literacy to three-, four-, and five-year-olds—and to meet the state and national mandates—readers can turn to this practical, up-to-date resource. It features 50 ready-to-implement strategies for using picture books and activities to help teach speaking/listening, writing, and reading skills at the early childhood level. 174 top rated picture books have been selected and described or listed within the strategies, making it an ideal resource for students, classroom teachers, and school volunteers alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132690072
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/9/2012
  • Series: Teaching Strategies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 208,494
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice J. Beaty (Elmira College, Emerita) is an Educational Consultant and author/coauthor of several books, among them Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspective, 3/e, (with L. Pratt), Skills for Preschool Teachers, 9/e, and Observing Development of the Young Child, 7/e

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Table of Contents

Part I Children's Speaking/Listening

1. Emergent Literacy

2. Saying Words Aloud

3. Listening

4. Conversation

5. Dramatic Play

6. Bilingual Speaking

7. Rhyming, Alliteration

8. Chanting

9. Singing

10. Book Reading to Children

11. Storytelling

12. Flannel Boards

13. Story Reenacting

14 Puppets

15. Book Tapes, Video Tapes, DVDs

16. Assessing Speaking Progress

Part II Children's Writing

17. Emergent Writing

18. Writing Center

19. Environmental Print

20. Alphabet

21. Names

22. Easel Painting

23. Caption Pictures

24. Finger Painting

25. Chalk, Crayons

26. Shared Writing

27. Invented Spelling

28. Journals, Literature Logs

29. Messages

30 Recipe Charts

31 Block Building

32. Assessing Children's Writing

Part III Children's Reading

33. Emergent Reading

34. Book Center

35. Visual Literacy

36. Children Reading Books

37. Computer Books

38. Shared Reading

39. Book Buddies

40. Big Books

41. Large Font Words

42. Sound Words

43. Syllables

44. Predictable Books

45. Song Storybooks

46. Book Characters

47. Literacy Bags

48. Webs

49. Assessing Reading Progress

50. Words, Words, Words

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Here is the answer to the early childhood teacher's familiar dilemma: what to do about teaching literacy to young children. 50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies presents an easy-to-use, easy-tounderstand approach involving young children's own emergence into the world of reading and writing. Teachers and student teachers will quickly learn what picture books and activities to use with children, how to use them, and how children can benefit from their use. They will learn what to expect as young children's writing emerges from scribbles, to pictures, to real words. And finally they will come to grips with the concept of emergent literacy as it appears in preschool children and evolves into conventional literacy as it is taught in elementary school.

Our ideas on how children learn to read and write are continuing to change as advances in neuroscience give us new understandings of the human brain mechanisms underlying reading. This text takes advantage of this new knowledge by presenting strategies that speak to the way children learn. These strategies are tied to the ordinary contents and activities of the early childhood classroom, i.e., books, blocks, chalk, crayons, computer, cooking, dolls, dramatic play, easel painting, finger painting, flannel boards, hammering, puppets, scissors, singing, and storytelling. But the contents and activities are given a "literacy twist" that helps teachers set them up for children's development of early reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Each strategy begins with a literacy concept that briefly but concisely explains the topic. At the heart of each strategy are the practical literacyactivities to be used with children, often involving hands-on story activities, drawing, writing, singing, and pretending with character dolls, toy animals, and themselves. The theme throughout the text focuses on words: hearing words, speaking words, writing words, and reading words—the basis of early literacy. At the same time, the strategies focus on children and what they can do to develop these literacy skills. There are more than 50 ways.

Each young child comes to the literacy table as an individual who joins the feast at different times, at different levels, and with an appetite appropriate only to him- or herself. With 50 different dishes set before them, children and teachers too can pick and choose what works best for them. Good appetite!

  • Strategies are arranged alphabetically for easy selection. On the inside covers is a table of the strategies grouped by category.
  • Most of the strategies are tied to children's picture books at the early childhood level. More than 200 of the finest books have been selected and described or listed within the strategies.
  • The activities described have been chosen as models for your easy use, as well as to emulate with your own ideas.
  • Assessment of children's literacy progress can be partially accomplished with the following developmental checklists: Book Handling Behaviors, Developing Eye-Hand Coordination with Cooking Tools, Early Childhood Writing Behaviors, Independent Skills, Reading Behaviors, Speaking Behaviors, and Caption Writing Progress.

50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies can be used by itself as a handy activities book by teachers, student teachers, and volunteers. It can also be used in any early childhood methods and materials course, children's literature or language course, or any reading or literacy course. College students especially appreciate activity books like this for use in their student teaching or practicum experiences. In addition, it can be used as a supplement to early literacy textbooks such as the author's Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten (with L. Pratt), or other textbooks by the author such as Skills for Preschool Teachers and Building Bridges with Multicultural Picture Books.

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