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Early Reading First and Beyond
A Guide to Building Early Literacy Skills

Edited by:
  • Susan E. Israel - President and Director at Reading Alliance for Catholic Education

December 2007 | 120 pages | Corwin

Foster young children's early literacy skills and build a strong foundation for reading!

Emphasizing the importance of providing emerging readers with the skills for future literacy success, Early Reading First and Beyond is a comprehensive resource that helps early childhood educators develop children's readiness for kindergarten by providing creative learning experiences based on the most current literacy research.

In reader-friendly terms, Susan E. Israel illustrates how to create rich learning environments, provide activities to engage young minds, and promote the important language, cognitive, and early reading skills necessary to encourage learners' self-confidence. Teachers will find proven practices, assessment tools, guidelines for meeting individual learning needs, examples, advice for professional development sessions, and connections to International Reading Association standards.

This book presents essential information for understanding and implementing the core components of an Early Reading First program:

  • Designing early childhood programs of excellence
  • School-parent partnerships
  • Oral language development
  • Phonological awareness
  • Print awareness
  • Alphabetic knowledge
  • Early metacognitive thinking

Advocating strong connections between home and school, this accessible text offers teachers, early childhood education specialists, literacy coaches, administrators, and parents the appropriate tools to make a significant, positive difference in young children's futures.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction to Early Reading First
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Can Use About Early Reading First

 
Summary

 
 
2. Oral Language Development: Emerging Vocabulary, Expressive Language, and Listening Comprehension
Why Teach Oral Language to Preschool-age Children?

 
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know About Oral Language Development

 
New Research-Based Practices Early Childhood Teachers Can Use

 
Early Reading First Assessment Tools for Oral Language Development

 
Differentiating for Early Learners With Individual Needs

 
Teaching Tips That Increase Home-School Connections

 
Literacy Treasure Chest

 
Summary

 
 
3. Alphabetic Knowledge
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know About Alphabetic Knowledge

 
New Research-Based Practices That Early Childhood Teachers Can Use

 
Early Reading First Assessment Tools for Knowledge of Alphabetic Principle

 
Differentiating for Early Learners with Individual Needs

 
Literacy Treasure Chest

 
Summary

 
 
4. Phonological Awareness: Giving Early Learners an Advantage When Learning to Read, by Kathryn Bauserman
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know About Phonological Awareness

 
New Research-Based Practices That Early Childhood Teachers Can Use

 
Early Reading First Assessment Tools for Phonemic Awareness

 
Differentiating for Early Learners With Individual Needs

 
Teaching Tips That Increase Home-School Connections

 
Literacy Treasure Chest

 
Summary

 
 
5. Print Awareness, by Cynthia A. Lassonde
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know About Print Awareness

 
New Research-Based Practices That Early Childhood Teachers Can Use

 
Early Reading First Assessment Tools for Print Awareness

 
Differentiating for Learners With Individual Needs

 
Teaching Tips That Increase Home-School Connections

 
Literacy Treasure Chest

 
 
6. Designing Early Literacy Classrooms of Excellence
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Need to Know About Creating Early Childhood Centers of Excellence

 
Research That Early Childhood Teachers Can Use to Create Centers of Excellence

 
How to Get Started With Designing Early Literacy Enviroments of Excellence

 
Resources to Get You Started

 
Parent Tips on Developing Phonemic Awareness at Home

 
Tips on Small Group Dialogue in Early Childhood Classrooms

 
Teaching Tips for Parents as Helping Hands

 
Literacy Treasure Chest

 
Summary

 
 
Resources
A Facilitator's Guide to Planning and Organizing for an Engaging and Motivating Professional Development Day

 
Sample Early Childhood Literacy Needs Assessment

 
 
References
 
Index
Key features
  • Provides essential information for elementary districts that are adding pre-schools
  • Helps independent preschools respond to parent demands for academic preparation
  • Offers the most current information about required research-based domains
  • Provides expert guidance for incorporating key early reading components in child-friendly ways

Preview this book

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1