Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspective

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Pearson College Division, Mar 23, 2014 - Education - 336 pages
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In Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspective,4/e, pre- and in-service early childhood teachers examine how literacy develops in young children and how teachers can encourage the natural emergence of reading and writing. Thoroughly updated to include the most recent research on young children's literacy acquisition, this text focuses on multicultural children's literature, including detailed descriptions of over 200 multicultural children's books, and is packed with practical ideas and strategies for using music and art as natural languages, strengthening children's writing muscles, and developing visual representational skills for reading through drawing. Helpful information is included about incorporating new technology that is appropriate for use in preschool programs.

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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 Cape Coral, Florida. Her textbooks includeSkills for Preschool Teachers; Observing Development of the Young Child;50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies; and 50 Early Childhood Guidance Strategies. At present Dr. Beaty is involved in an early literacy mentoring program with Foster Grandparents in schools and Head Start programs in Central Missouri.

Linda Pratt is the Executive Director of Teacher Education and a Professor of Education at Elmira College. For more than 20 years she has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education and has directed the graduate program in teaching literacy. Her primary scholarly interests are literacy acquisition and international education. 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 given presentations together, as well as coauthored the textbookTranscultural Children's Literature, published by Merrill/Prentice Hall.

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