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Designing Early Literacy Programs


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1. Who is at Risk for Reading Difficulties? Implications for early literacy programs 2. Understanding Literacy Development 3. Using Assessment to Make Instructional Decisions 4. Language and Literacy Rich Classrooms 5. Language Development: Gateway to literacy 6. Classroom Activities that Expand Children's Vocabulary and Comprehension 7. Classroom Activities to Develop Children's Concepts about Print and Alphabet Letter Recognition 8. Classroom Activities to Develop Phonological Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle 9. Prekindergarten in Action 10. Kindergarten in Action


.,."a well-written and useful book that provides a research basis for implementing early literacy instruction for high-risk children. I recommend this book for early childhood students and educators."--"Education Book Reviews"
"The book will assist prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in creating centers and activities that will foster children's early literacy development....Recommended. Undergraduates and above."--"Choice"

"Faced with the challenge of sound program design in early literacy, early childhood educators will find this book a rich resource. The book anchors understanding in the research foundations of literacy development, describes the features of deliberate and systematic instruction in early literacy, and articulates strategies teachers can use to create optimum conditions for young children to learn and achieve. As a text, it is suitable for use in professional development initiatives and in early literacy coursework in 4-year and 2-year teacher education programs."--Kathleen Roskos, PhD, Department of Education and Allied Studies, John Carroll University

"There is a critical need for a comprehensive and compelling early literacy book focused on at-risk children. Early childhood students, teachers, and administrators will learn from this book and love it! McGee and Richgels explain both the 'whys' and 'hows' of high-quality preschool programs. They provide cutting-edge concepts and strategies that demonstrate deep respect for all children's capacities to learn. This book will be useful to teachers, teacher educators, and educational leaders who plan, implement, and guide early childhood programs. I would recommend and use it in upper-level courses focusing on early/primary methods and on reading program development for at-risk children."--Penny Freppon, EdD, Graduate Program in Literacy, University of Cincinnati College of Education "Designing Early Literacy Programs recognizes the complexities of young children's cognitive processes while learning to read and write. Presented are a framework for literacy learning and specific assessment and instructional strategies, based on significant lines of research, that emphasize clear, developmentally appropriate teaching within the context of authentic reading and writing tasks. Classroom descriptions of both preschool and kindergarten settings provide rich illustrations of teachers and children deeply involved in literacy learning. This book should be the centerpiece of preservice and inservice coursework in early literacy instruction."--Patricia L. Scharer, PhD, The Ohio State University

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