Creating Readers: Over 1000 Games, Activities, Tongue Twisters, Fingerplays, Songs, and Stories to Get Children Excited About Reading

Creating Readers: Over 1000 Games, Activities, Tongue Twisters, Fingerplays, Songs, and Stories to Get Children Excited About Reading

by Pam Schiller, K. Whelan Dery, Richele Bartokowiak
     
 

Learn the basic building blocks of reading with Creating Readers, the comprehensive resource that develops a strong foundation for pre-readers. Creating Readers gives teachers and parents the tools to teach pre-reading skills with over 1000 activities, games, fingerplays, songs, tongue twisters, poems, and stories for the letters of the alphabet. This

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Learn the basic building blocks of reading with Creating Readers, the comprehensive resource that develops a strong foundation for pre-readers. Creating Readers gives teachers and parents the tools to teach pre-reading skills with over 1000 activities, games, fingerplays, songs, tongue twisters, poems, and stories for the letters of the alphabet. This invaluable resource develops the child's desire to read as well as the skills needed to begin reading. Creating Readers starts children ages 3 to 8 towards a future of books and reading.

Dr. Pam Schiller shares her extensive knowledge in workshops, radio and television interviews, and as a popular keynote speaker and author. Her best-selling titles include The Complete Resource Book, The Values Book, Count on Math, and Start Smart!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"...Thank goodness for this book. Packed with songs, poems, games, and all kinds of other interactive teaching tools, this book will make you feel like a reading expert. Along with all the fun activities, this book offers an overview of the literacy skills children need at each stage of early childhood as well as insights on the brain research that's all over the news these days..." - Christian Parenting Today

"This book contains excellent material to assist teachers who work with preschoolers in understanding what 'emergent literacy' really means. It also emphasizes that children do not all march to the same internal time-keeper. The statement on page 10 'providing rich experiences for brain development and then leaving children to their own unique timetable is still the best practice' helps create understanding of the child's individuality in maturation and understanding. Otherwise, the book is a giant collection of stories, poems, activities, tongue-twisters that will aid teachers as they pave the way for children to acquire a desire to read and understand, as well as speak and communicate." - Laverne Nelson, Research Associate, University of Arkansas

Children's Literature
Activities to stimulate preschool literacy are found in this excellent text, which integrates "language experience" and phonics instruction to move children along on the road to reading. Five detailed chapters provide games, stories, songs, finger plays, and more to get children interested in the written word. Chapter 5, entitled "Acquiring Reading Skills," includes 200 pages of phonological awareness activities for each letter of the alphabet. A word list and book list are also provided for each letter. The easy to read text is accompanied by suitable illustrations to help teachers and parents visualize some of the activities. An appendix includes assessment checklists, recipes, sound word cards, letter patterns and rebus to enhance reading skills. Early childhood education professionals should have this resource in their libraries. 2000, Gryphon House, Pettenati
School Library Journal
An exhaustive compilation of resources, this book gives helpful ideas for preparing preschoolers to get ready to read. The author discusses the debate between the systematic instruction of phonics versus the whole-language approach, and follows a developmental sequence to achieve the desire and skills needed for reading. Chapters cover comprehending stories, developing oral language and following directions, understanding the functions of print (spatial concepts, story maps, and creative writing), and acquiring reading skills. About 100 pages are devoted to games and activities for learning each letter of the alphabet, e.g., the letter "A" has nine pages about learning the short and long "A." Appendixes include assessment checklists for noting progress, patterns for flannel boards and other props, recipes, and a glossary. No music accompanies any of the songs, and the suggested reading lists do not include publishers or dates. Also, while the book appears to be geared toward younger children, some of the exercises such as re-creating stories through drama and the use of journaling are better suited to an older audience. While not a necessary purchase, this comprehensive book will be useful for program planning for libraries, as well as for educators.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876592588
Publisher:
Gryphon House Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books.

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