Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten / Edition 1

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Overview


From the very first chapter of this informative and inspiring book, a clear picture emerges of how even three- and four-year-olds' capacities for serious authorship can and should be supported.
- Lillian G. Katz
Coauthor of Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years

By the time they reach preschool or kindergarten, young children are already writers. They don't have much experience, but they're filled with stories to tell and ideas to express - they want to show the world what they know and see. All they need is a nurturing teacher like you to recognize the writer at work within them. All you need to help them is Already Ready.

Taking an exciting, new approach to working with our youngest students, Already Ready shows you how, by respecting children as writers, engaged in bookmaking, you can gently nudge them toward a lifetime of joyful writing. Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover guide you through fundamental concepts of early writing. Providing numerous, helpful examples of early writing - complete with transcriptions - they demonstrate how to:

  • make sense of children's writing and interpret how they represent sounds, ideas, and images
  • see important developmental signs in writers that you can use to help them grow further
  • recognize the thinking young children engage in and discover that it's the same thinking more experienced writers use to craft purposeful, thoughtful pieces.

Then Ray and Glover show you how little ones can develop powerful understandings about:

  • texts and their characteristics
  • the writing process
  • what it means to be a writer.

You'll learn how to support your writers' quest to make meaning, as they grow their abilities and refine their thinking about writing through teaching strategies such as:
  • reading aloud
  • working side by side with writers
  • sharing children's writing.

Writing is just one part of a busy early childhood classroom, but even in little doses, a nurturing approach can work wonders and help children connect the natural writer inside them to a life of expressing themselves on paper. Find that approach, share it with your students, and you'll discover that you don't have to get students ready to write - they're Already Ready.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325010731
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/11/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 130,363
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Between her passion for elementary writing instruction and a love of children's literature, Katie Wood Ray found herself asking, "What if children were introduced to key qualities of good writing in the context of illustrations?" This question led to the research behind In Pictures and In Words. The answer was simple yet powerful: "The thinking students do while reading picture books can help them see the connection between what words and illustrations do to make meaning." As an author of bestselling Heinemann books such as Already Ready, Study Driven, About the Authors, and What You Know By Heart and as a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services, Katie has always given teachers resources and PD that transform writing instruction and help children discover a lifelong love of writing. A former Associate Professor at Western Carolina University Katie is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K-6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Katie is also the author or coauthor of Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in the Whole Language Classrooms (1996, NCTE), Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (1999, NCTE), and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And Theyre All Hard Parts) (2001, NCTE). A frequent speaker at conferences and summer institutes around the country, Katie also has extensive experience teaching teachers in workshop and demonstration settings. Katie Wood Ray is a Heinemann Professional Development presenter. EC0410

Matt Glover is a full time educational consultant and coauthor with Mary Alice Berry of the Heinemann title Projecting Possibilities for Writers. He is the author of the Heinemann title Engaging Young Writers and coauthor with Katie Wood Ray of Already Ready and Watch Katie and Matt…Sit Down and Teach Up, a video enhanced ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt is a frequent presenter at conferences and in school districts on topics related to nurturing writers and supporting children's intellectual growth and development. Matt has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years as the principal and instructional leader of Creekside Early Childhood School. Matt lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and four children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Great for Early Education Teachers/Parents

    Already Ready is a book that is defined so much by its title. As a teacher in the intermediate grades, I was surprised to learn how much children at the early ages already know (hence the title). Gentry and Ray encourage teachers to use the ideas and imaginations of young children by bringing it into their writing. They use multiple student examples, and give awesome classroom ideas to enrich the reading and writing block. Both authors clearly illustrate the process of writing at that age and learning to understand the child's sense of 'scribbles' or a mix of letters and numbers. This book allows us to see these youngsters as writers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Philosophy and Practice of Pre-K Writing

    Katie Wood Ray (writer, researcher on teaching writing) and Matt Glover (educator, presenter, principal) team up on this book to discuss the underlying philosophy behind seeing young children as writers and the implications within the classroom. They give examples of pre-schoolers' writing along with the thinking that went into each writer/illustrator's work. The book is divided into two parts: Building Understanding About Young Writers and Teaching Practices That Nurture Young Writers. Already Ready is a great resource for pre-school and Kindergarten teachers as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about early childhood literacy development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Already Read

    Already Ready: Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover presents the argument that our youngest children are already writers. The authors believe that young students are already ready to be writers in the classroom and that teachers must set up the environment and learning opportunities in ways that support this stage in their development. The text is designed to support both preschool and kindergarten teachers as they plan instruction for early writers. Those who read the book will dive into some key themes: children are writers and should be thought of as writers, making books is an effective way to guide children as they learn to write, and teachers must know their children well and nudge them to the next developmental level. Already Ready would be a good book for novice teachers of young children as they get ready to develop a year-long instructional plan. This book may also support a teacher as she begins to formulate a philosophy of teaching of young children. Some downfalls of the book are that the content seems repetitive and is mostly useful just to the teachers of our youngest children.

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