Connecting with dual language learners (DLLs) is a growing reality among early childhood educators, who need to learn practical, proven strategies to reach these students. Grounded in research and strengthened by the author's personal experience as a student learning English, Connecting Right from the Start helps teachers understand the culturally and linguistically diverse children in their classroom, as well as those with disabilities. Some of the skills teachers will learn: ways to make DLLs… More »
Many Languages, One Classroom applies the latest information about best practices to all aspects of a preschool program. Designed to fit any preschool curriculum, this book addresses state standards and benchmarks of standard quality programming. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you'll find everything you need to help English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time. Each chapter is broken down into several sections: the environment,… More »
Combining fun, easy-to-do activities with research-based tips and developmental overviews, "Raising a Talker" helps parents and caregivers naturally transform play sessions into meaningful language-learning experiences. Little tweaks and easy changes in everyday play create nurturing environments where communication and discovery can flourish. These skills build the foundation for better communication, both now and later, and set the stage for success in school and beyond. This practical… More »
It's never too early to read to a child, especially when you have Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s! The youngest children love the repetition of words and experiences that stories provide. Contains a resource of activities for 80 popular age-appropriate children's books and 240 ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the stories in new ways to enhance the learning process. (Books are not included). Children reap amazing benefits from being exposed to reading at an early age, and Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s makes reading… More »
Children decide everyday to pretend to have a tea party, be a firefighter, open a pet store - all of these are opportunities to increase pre-reading skills. Literacy Play is packed with over 185 dramatic play activities that teach important pre-reading skills while bringing children's imaginations to life. Paperback 320 pages.
This handy reference guide to the ten most common languages of students who do not speak English - Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Haitian Creole, Navajo, Hmong, Cantonese, and Korean - offers practical guidance for communicating with ELL students and their families. Includes information about the culture of the family's country of origin; guides to common words and phrases; picture dictionaries that can be reproduced for use with students; sample parent letters with English and native… More »
Adults and children write to communicate ideas, to share information, and to record events. 'Playful Writing' builds on the cyclical nature of learning with open-ended play ideas that will inspire children to write. From the first marks of the youngest writers to ready writers who use their expanding vocabularies to express increasingly complex ideas, this book offers teachers, caregivers, and parents of children ages three to eight, 150 ideas for inspiring and scaffolding children's writing explorations.… More »
Energize your classroom with lively literacy lessons based on more than 70 popular children's books. Includes over 150 activities, theme connections, lesson objectives, vocabulary list, concept list, and related music for hours of fun. 232 pages.
This book provides trainers and directors with everything they need to train teachers to develop children's literacy skills. It includes 10 comprehensive, 3-hour training modules. The accompanying CD-ROM contains PowerPoint presentations and files of the handouts. This package provides a complete in-service program for groups of any size with work shops in Fostering Language Development, Beyond Open and Closed Questions, Supporting English Language Learners, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness,… More »
"The Daily 5" provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one. "The CAFE" system provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development, and a system for tracking growth and fostering students independence. Set of 2 books.
A unique resource describing how the use of puppets can support emergent literacy skills, introduce children to literature, and help manage the classroom. Includes tips for designing, constructing, or buying puppets. Also includes how to use puppets with special needs children. 232 pages.
This great resource for preschool teachers includes over 500 fun, theme-based activities for preschool learning centers. From ants to zebras, this book includes multiple themes for every letter of the alphabet. Each theme includes the following: Background information and interesting facts related to the theme. Paperback. 272 pages.
Age focus: 3 - 6 . Rhyme, rhythm, and music are an essential part of a quality early childhood program. This invaluable literacy book has activities children will love to accompany 250 rhymes and songs. Children learn letter recognition, vocabulary, phonemic awareness while they are singing and rhyming. Each rhyme or song includes theme connections so teachers can easily add literacy and music into their daily plans. 256 pages.
"English for Child Care" encompasses language skills for parents and providers. The comprehensive text is designed to meet the language requirements of adults who care for children. This book provides practice for high-beginning to low-intermediate language learners in reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. The textbook can be used as the core resource in a language development class for child caregivers and parents. Includes a CD.
This publication is actually two books on two hot topics. The homework publication covers issues such as research on homework, the variety of program approaches and methods of training staff members for successful homework assistance. The literacy book assists after-school providers in introducing and integrating literacy into their program. Issues covered include children with learning disabilities and those whose first language is not English. Paperback. 96 pages.
This book explores the science and rationale behind self-amplification and how it can boost learning. The sound of learning is how we use sound to connect spoken language and written text. The book includes practical applications of the self-amplification tool, WhisperPhone®, in the classroom and home.
Explore fun and engaging ways to talk, sing, read, write, and play with young children throughout the day to help them begin developing important pre-literacy skills, including phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, and background knowledge. These practical techniques will help you put the children in your care on the path to school readiness! Paperback. 176 pages.
Learn the tools and information needed to lead children to a literacy-rich world that combines reading and digital media. This book gives educators and parents tools and information they need to help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology. Includes an analysis of the exploding app marketplace and provides information on new review sites and valuable curation tools. Showing what to avoid and what to demand in today's apps and e-books--as well as… More »
With the 100 activities included in this resource, teachers can easily incorporate learning about animals into any curriculum. Each activity features learning objectives, vocabulary, related children's books, materials, preparation (if necessary), directions, and an assessment component.