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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
With this book, you can think inside the (prop) box! Encourage more dramatic play with "Prop Box Play". Prop boxes contain dramatic play props that offer children the freedom to express themselves and to exercise their imaginations. Props that inspire children to play different roles (examples: archeologist, veterinarian, undersea explorer) help them interact with each other, cultivating important social skills. With 50 themes that inspire hours of dramatic play and creativity, lists of… More »
In Literacy for All Young Learners, Mary Jalongo, PhD, offers 65 strategies to support literacy learning with children from preschool through the third grade. With specific suggestions for ELL students, Jalongo includes recommendations for hundreds of great children's books, websites, and apps to make teaching easier. Each strategy is designed to be simple to use with all of the children in your classroom-from the not-yet-readers to the fluent readers-and each strategy is tied to the Common Core… 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.
Develop language and pre-literacy skills with preschool children using these beautiful four-color photo cards and accompanying activities. The Preschool Photo Activity Library is organized into seven theme areas, which include Things Kids Do, Colors, Shapes, Animals, Birds, Bugs & Other Things that Crawl, and Fruits & Vegetables. Each of the 64 cards has a photograph that sparks children's natural curiosity. The back of each photo card features a vocabulary list, suggested activities to… More »
Great for learning team meetings! In this updated edition of the popular and trusted guide, Diane Heacox provides a practical introduction to differentiation and explains how differentiated instruction can work in a wide range of settings to provide variety and challenge in how teachers teach and in how students learn. Differentiated instruction lesson plans are provided as templates and forms, with examples to illustrate differentiation in many content areas. Paperback. 176 pages.
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 »
Combine children's active games with over 100 literacy activities. They will engage the whole child in moving, playing and developing literacy skills needed for reading and writing. Each activity has objectives, material list, instructions, and extension ideas. Paperback. 136 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.
Millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. This updated edition discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research (including… More »
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.
3 - 6 years. This book has over 200 developmentally appropriate games that are great for learning to read, including games of alliteration, oral blending, writing, alphabet recognition, letter sounds, word play, and rhyming. 144 pages. By Jackie Silberg.
3 years & up. Builds literacy, sequential storytelling, and abstract thinking abilities, while helping fulfill early learning standards. This book will identify basics of story dictation, including when and how to do it; how to use it to assess and document language and social development; and the most common subjects of children's stories and what they may represent. 144 pages.
A practical guide designed to help early childhood teachers take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by the Common Core State Standards. Each chapter includes ideas to support home-school connections. 196 pages.