Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten

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Merrill, 2003 - Education - 335 pages
To answer the question of what reading and writing activities are best for young children, a well-known early childhood author has joined forces with a literacy expert to explore the development of literacy in the preschool environment and its ongoing support through kindergarten. The result is a pragmatic, research-based book whose paradigm shift focuses future teachers on the use of " cultural characters" from picture books as the keys to an entire curriculum of literacy activities. Based on the latest theories of naturally emergent literacy, this book examines ways to create a literacy-friendly learning environment, using music and art as natural languages, and even strengthening finger muscles for writing through other hands-on activities. A three-part division of early literacy content--emergent speaking, emergent writing, and emergent reading--devotes three chapters to each section. For future and practicing pre-school and kindergarten teachers.

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Janice J. Beaty, professor emerita, Elmira College, Elmira, New York, is a full-time writer of early childhood college textbooks and a consultant and trainer in early childhood education from her home in Taos, New Mexico. Some of her textbooks include Skills for Preschool Teachers (sixth edition), Observing Development of the Young Child (fifth edition), Building Bridges with Multicultural Picture Books, Prosocial Guidance for the Preschool Child, and Picture Book Storytelling. At present Dr. Beaty is involved in an early literacy mentoring program with Foster Grandparents in schools and Head Start in Central Missouri and with early literacy in Indian Head Start Programs in the Southwest.

Linda Pratt is the executive director of teache~ education and a professor of education at Elmira College. For over 20 years she has be, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education and has been directing the graduate program in teaching literacy, with her primary teaching interest being literacy acquisition and development. Dr. Pratt has given presentations on literacy in the United States as well as in Asia, the Bahamas and Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and South America. She and Dr. Beaty have also coauthored the textbook Transcultural Children's Literature (Merrill/Prentice Hall).

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