Weaving the Literacy Web: Creating Curriculum Based on Books Children Love

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From Goodnight Moon to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, books capture the attention and imagination of young children the way few other things can. Weaving the Literacy Web provides a framework for developing engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculum in the preschool classroom through the use of books children love. Six chapters offer an introduction to book-based webbing and ideas for activity planning, as well as helpful tips for observing children’s interests and ...

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Overview

From Goodnight Moon to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, books capture the attention and imagination of young children the way few other things can. Weaving the Literacy Web provides a framework for developing engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculum in the preschool classroom through the use of books children love. Six chapters offer an introduction to book-based webbing and ideas for activity planning, as well as helpful tips for observing children’s interests and evaluating books for the classroom library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929610709
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hope Vestergaard is an early childhood consultant and freelance writer. She has also worked as an early childhood teacher and center director. She is the author of several picture books, including Wake Up, Momma and Hello, Snow!

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
How I Came to Book-Based Webbing x
Shifting Gears xi
How to Use This Book xii
References xiv
Chapter 1 Weaving a Book-Based Web 1
Getting Started 4
Your Web, Week by Week 4
It's All in the Details: Planning and Preparation 6
Diving In 11
Wrapping It Up 12
Looking Ahead 16
References 16
Chapter 2 Building Book-Based Activities 19
Open-Ended Teaching and Learning 20
Planning for Interest Centers 22
Creative Arts 23
Dramatic Play 27
Fine Motor Activities 29
Gross Motor or Movement Activities 31
Language Arts 33
Math 37
Science 40
Social Skills and Problem-Solving 43
Troubleshooting 45
Looking Ahead 49
Chapter 3 Documentation and Evaluation 51
What to Keep and How to Keep It 52
Evaluation 58
Looking Ahead 60
Reference 61
Chapter 4 Introducing Book-Based Webbing to Staff and Families 63
Introducing Book-Based Curriculum Webbing to Teachers 64
What's in It for Me? 67
Stumbling Blocks for Staff 69
Getting Parents on Board 70
Frequently Asked Questions from Parents 72
Share Your Plans (and Excitement!) with Children 74
Tying It All Together: Book Web Examples 74
Looking Ahead 90
References 90
Chapter 5 Observing Children's Interests 93
Observing Children's Interests: Stop! 95
Observing Children's Interests: Look! 97
Older Toddler Observation Form 99
Observing Children's Interests: Listen! 101
Reference 102
Chapter 6 Building a Classroom Library 105
Nutritious Books 107
Evaluating Books: An Exercise 112
Building a Library, Book by Book 114
Book Budgets 116
The Book Hospital 117
The Care and Feeding of Classroom Books 118
Storing Books 119
Looking Ahead 120
Getting Started: Sources for Book Reviews and Recommendations 121
References 123
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