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Scaffolding with Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children's Language and Literacy Achievement

Scaffolding with Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children's Language and Literacy Achievement


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Scaffolding with Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children's Language and Literacy Achievement

Early educators have the critical task of preparing young children from diverse backgrounds to start school with strong foundations in language and literacy. At the same time, young children need instruction that is appealing and developmentally appropriate. To address these concerns, this book provides simple-but effective-adjustments you can make while engaging children with storybooks. Within the comfortable context of shared storybook reading, you can help children develop the skills they will need for success in the academic world of first grade and beyond. Authors Laura M. Justice and Khara L. Pence, with Angela R. Beckman, Lori E. Skibbe, and Alice K. Wiggins, present interactive reading techniques and activities that focus on six key aspects of early childhood language and literacy: print knowledge, word knowledge, phonological knowledge, alphabet knowledge, narrative knowledge, and world knowledge.

Sample adult-child storybook interactions illustrate the developmental objectives, and an appendix lists multiple applications for each storybook to help you maximize shared reading time. In addition, chapters include reproducible Tips for Parents that align with your instruction and support children's literacy and language development in the home environment. Preschool and kindergarten teachers, speech-language pathologists, literacy coaches, and other early childhood professionals can use interactive storybook reading to promote the language and literacy development of all young children; however, the strategies in this book are especially applicable for children experiencing environmental or developmental challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872075788
Publisher: International Reading Association
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiv
Building Language and Literacy Through Interactive Book Reading     1
Building Print Knowledge: Supporting Early Print Discoveries     13
Building Word Knowledge: Increasing the Complexity of Words Children Understand and Produce     26
Building Phonological Knowledge: Developing a Sensitivity to Sound Units of Language     40
Building Alphabet Knowledge: Learning About the Features and Names of Letters     53
Building Narrative Knowledge: Extending Language to Share Experiences and Ideas     69
Building World Knowledge: Learning About the World Near and Far     83
Conclusion     96
Cross-Referencing List of All Storybooks     97
References     111
Children's Literature Cited     117
Index     121

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