Encouraging Early Literacy: An Integrated Language Approach to Reading and Writing in N-3

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Heinemann Educ Books, 1988 - Education - 262 pages

"Encouraging Early Literacy" is a carefully and clearly elaborated description of how to implement a whole language approach to literacy with the young child from kindergarten through grade three. Dr. Schwartz presents a clear review of the theory and research in the field, applies that to classroom practice, and outlines important trends in early learning and language acquisition. The heart of the book, "The Program in Action," concentrates on school programs for different developmental levels, on establishing a literacy plan for children as young as three years, and on ways of engaging children in experiences with written language. Throughout, the emphasis is on the fact that children's needs rather than their grade levels should determine instructional strategies and materials.

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About the author (1988)

JUDITH SCHWARTZ began her career as a teacher of early childhood in a suburban New York community, during which time she earned her Masters degree in early childhood education from Hunter College. Shortly thereafter, with a teaching fellowship, she enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at New York University in early childhood education. Upon completion of her degree, she joined the faculty of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York, where she now holds the rank of Professor. During her tenure at Queens College, Dr. Schwartz has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of research, literacy, language arts, and language development, and has supervised student teachers involved in preschool through the intermediate grades. She has published many articles in the areas of early language development and literacy and has edited and contributed to books on teaching the language

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