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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
Early Reading First and Beyond helps preschool teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators understand and implement Early Reading First legislative initiatives and enhance the early language and emergent literacy skills of preschool children. The first chapter explains Early Reading First initiatives and current legislation from the U.S. Department of Education and No Child Left Behind. Subsequent chapters provide detailed explanations on each of the essential domains of early literacy development. The text summarizes current research and shows educators how to promote early literacy and pre-reading skills and how to create preschool programs of excellence.

The author discusses the key elements of Early Reading First:

- Partnering with parents

- Designing preschool educational programs of excellence

- Oral language development

- Phonological awareness

- Print awareness

- Alphabetic knowledge

- Developing early metacognitive thinking


 
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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